Mikel Arteta has declared Manchester City our biggest test and highlighted their consistency ahead of our clash against them on Saturday afternoon.
We could further solidify our position in the top four with a victory at Emirates Stadium, but the boss is under no illusions that we will have to be at the top of our game to beat Pep Guardiola’s men.
“It’s the biggest test in terms of the level of the opposition, one hundred per cent,” he said.
“They have shown their consistency not only this year, but in the last three years so that’s the level, they have raised a different bar in this league that has been known of before and that is where we have to get to and that’s the aim we have as a team and as a club.”
Mikel was asked about how Guardiola’s current side differ from the one he was involved with as a coach.
“Well, they are different teams, the fact they have been six years together obviously they are getting the perfection in every phase of the play and every aspect of the game and much, much better, the cohesion of the team and the synergy between them because of the amount of time they have spent together.
“They get better and better and the numbers speak for themselves what they’ve done in the last calendar year is remarkable.”