LONDON: Mikel Arteta believes his Arsenal side will face the best team in Europe when they face Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow midnight.
City set a club record with 17 consecutive wins in all tournaments and 10 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.
Arteta knew Guardiola well while serving under the City boss in Manchester for three years before returning to manage Arsenal.
“I think they are the best European team at the moment,” Arteta said of City. “The way they play, their football style and consistent results, taking into account all that, it makes them the best team.
“So we have big obstacles, exciting challenges ahead of us on Sunday.”
City made a less energetic appearance at the start of the season but now have the option of winning their third Premier League title in four years.
Arteta said he was impressed to see the team get back to their best.
“What they did was a reaction to a difficult period,” he said. “They responded in a very nice way, all united to do their best – to be consistent and win the match very comfortably.
“They have the same weaknesses as other teams but at the moment, other teams are struggling to find those weaknesses because I think their defense is very strong.”