Man City boss Pep Guardiola believes that Arsenal can still mount a serious threat to his team's title quest this season.
Although City currently sits comfortably at the top of the Premier League with a nine-point advantage over the North London side, the ex-Catalan boss insists that the gap between the two sides is "nothing" as it stands.
There has been much talk about Guardiola's men matching the incredible triumph of the Arsenal invincibles by going a season unbeaten, following their impressive start to the season.
It would be fitting, therefore, if the Gunners were to bring an end to this magnificent run of form from the Blue side of Manchester, thus, bridging the gap to six points.
Whereas many believe that Arsenal were never in the title challenge, to begin with, due to their lack of spending in the summer, in comparison to other Premier League giants. The Spaniard believes they could well be challenging for the crown come May.
The City Boss claimed: "We are in November. They won the FA Cup last season. The prestige of the club, the Emirates Stadium - of course, they are a contender,
"it is nine points. The difference (between us) is nothing, believe me.
"People consider we are going to play like the last two months all season. When that has happens I can say, 'OK we have a big chance to be champions' but nobody can assure you that. We have to fight."
It appears that Guardiola will take a cautious approach, understanding the importance of the fixture against Arsenal as he stated: "At the least maybe (we could) leave Arsenal 12 points behind.
"It is a massive game for us for many circumstances, starting from the way we want to play, to try to win the game."
City have scored 49 goals in 16 games this season and have won their last 14 games in succession, a club record.
However, they will be up against a hungry Arsenal side who will be keen to bridge the gap between themselves and the leaders.