Cesc Fabregas says ‘there was never any doubt’ that Arsenal were involved in a three-way Premier League title race this season and feels his former club ‘100 per cent’ believe they can ‘achieve big things’.

After a string of disappointing results over the winter period, Arsenal – last year’s runners-up – have rediscovered their edge and now sit just two points behind league leaders Liverpool in third place.

Last weekend’s heavyweight clash with Liverpool was billed as a potential title decider and the Gunners passed the test with flying colours as goals from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard sealed a statement 3-1 victory.

Mikel Arteta’s men will look to make it four wins from four on Sunday when they travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham, whose most recent victory came in the reverse fixture at the Emirates at the end of December.

The north London giants are set to welcome Takehiro Tomiyasu back into the fold following his return from the Asia Cup, but Thomas Partey remains sidelined and Arteta is sweating over the fitness of Gabriel Jesus.

Asked if Arsenal’s win last weekend confirmed the club were part of a three-way title race with Liverpool and Manchester City, Fabregas told the Planet Premier League podcast.

He said: ‘‘Was there any doubt about this? It’s still early, it’s early February.

‘‘Nobody is going to take Manchester City out of the question and Liverpool were on fire up until now.

‘‘Arsenal are hungry, they are growing. We always said here in the last few weeks that they were going to get opportunities to be up there.’

‘‘They are a team that believes now that they can achieve big things, 100 per cent.

‘‘There was no doubt that this could be going into the end of the season.’