Mikel Arteta makes Man City declaration as Arsenal bid to end record run
Mikel Arteta claims his Arsenal side will come up against "the best team in Europe" as they host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola's side are in the midst of a historic run of form which has seen them collect an English-record 17 consecutive wins.
City's 100 per cent run extends back to their 1-1 draw with West Brom in mid-December, while they have not lost since they were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham the previous month.
Arteta knows his side will need to be faultless if they are to topple the Premier League leaders and he insists the Gunners are relishing the "very exciting challenge".
"I think they are the best team in Europe at the moment," Arteta told reporters as he previewed the match.
"The way they are performing, the football they are playing and the consistency of the results, take all that and it makes them the best team.
"So we have a big but, as well, a very exciting challenge ahead of us on Sunday."
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City's extended purple patch comes after a mixed start to the season and Arteta hailed the way they recovered to embark on their winning run.
The Spaniard added: "What they have done is react to a difficult moment. A big team has to do that when everyone is doubting their ability to compete again and be the team that they are.
"They reacted in a really convincing way, all united and doing what they do best – being very consistent and winning games very comfortably."
While City are seemingly cruising to the league title with a 10-point lead over second-place Manchester United, Arsenal find themselves in mid-table after winning just one of their last four top-flight matches.
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