Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes the quality of the teams currently competing for the Premier League title is “unprecedented”.
This season’s top four have amassed a higher total of points collectively than in any previous campaign.
Tottenham lead the way, with 26 points from a possible 30, two points ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester City and three ahead of Liverpool.
“What has happened in the last five years is unprecedented,” Arteta said.
“It never happened with the amount of points and level of the teams.”
“Now it’s the amount of teams with that level that is increasing and increasing,” said Arteta, speaking before Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle United on Saturday (17:30 GMT).
“That’s why comparing to the past in this league is a waste of time.
“It’s very different to what it used to be, and that puts the demands of what we do every single day in a different scope.”