Mikel Arteta knows just how big a challenge Sunday's Premier League game will be.
Our manager worked as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City for three years before taking the reins in north London back in December 2019.
And after City racked up their 17th consecutive win by beating Everton in midweek, Arteta knows his side will need to be at their very best at Emirates Stadium.
"I think they are the best team in Europe at the moment," he said. "The way they're performing, the football they're playing and their consistent results.
"What they've done is react to difficult moments. A big team has to be able to do that. When everyone was doubting their ability to be able to compete again and be the team that they are, they reacted in a really convincing way, all united, doing what they do best and being very consistent by winning games very comfortably.
"They have weaknesses like every team but at the moment teams have struggled a lot to find any of them. First of all defensively they've been really, really strong. They are without a doubt the best team at the moment. We have a big and a very exciting challenge ahead of us on Sunday."
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