Ahead of his side's trip to the Emirates this coming Saturday, which could send Southampton top of the Premier League if circumstances permit, Pochettino lavished praise upon the season's early pace-setters.
The Gunners lost last time out, in a 1-0 defeat to current holders Manchester United, courtesy of a Robin Van Persie header. However, Pochettino still believes his side are going to come up against the best footballing side in the league at current.
"I would say that the team that we're going to play against on Saturday is the one that's playing the best football in the league," Pochettino said.
Whilst the former Espanyol boss did state his belief that Arsenal can win the Premier League this season, he was quick not to rule anyone else out of the race, as he anticipates an exciting race for top spot throughout the season.
"I think they can win the league, but I also think that there's other teams that are going to be in the running to win the league."
"I think it's going to be a hard-fought competition throughout until the end of the season. It's going to be very competitive and I think it's going to be a very exciting end to the season."
Southampton are without midfield duo Guly Do Prado (knee) and Jack Cork (ankle) ahead of Saturday's top of the table crunch tie with Arsenal. Meanwhile, the Gunners have doubts over the availability of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, whilst Mathieu Flamini will miss out due to suspension, having picked up five yellow cards.
The good news for Wenger's side is that Theo Walcott could be set for a return from a two-month lay-off, with the former Southampton forward expected to start on the bench on Saturday.
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