Manchester City are on top form at the moment, thrashing Manchester United in their most recent Premier League fixture before beating Copenhagen even more convincingly in the Champions League in midweek.
Erling Haaland is proving a particular success, scoring 19 goals already in all competitions. He’s in seemingly unstoppable form right now.
Yet Arsenal are currently clinging onto top spot in the Premier League, and Pep Guardiola insists that the Gunners have been better than his side so far.
“We cannot forget one thing, ladies and gentlemen, there is one team that has been better than us,” Guardiola said. “This is a reality. In reality, Arsenal have been better than us so far.
“We’re not top of the league but the important thing is to be there and try to fight.”
For most, this will likely come across as false modesty. A team with the success of Manchester City’s in recent years, putting in the kinds of performances they’ve shown lately, aren’t just going to “try to fight”.
City remain the overwhelming favourites for the Premier League title, and it would take Arsenal moving into another gear to hold Guardiola’s side off.
It’s nice that Mikel Arteta’s side are being recognised as a real threat to the title contenders this year, but it’s way too early to draw any conclusions from what we’ve seen of Arsenal so far.