The goalless draw, on Sunday, between Manchester City and Arsenal made Spanish coach Pep Guardiola's team fail to score at home for the first time since October 2021, and after 8 victories over Arsenal at Etihad Stadium since the draw in May 2016.

Arteta told reporters about the most recent confrontation against Guardiola, his friend, compatriot, and former boss: “It was a very strong match against a great competitor.”

He added: "We defended very well. We were very good. It is the first time they have not scored on their home field in 3 years."

He continued: "The negative side is that we had some great scoring opportunities and we did not make the most of them. It is impossible to be completely happy."

Arteta, whose team lost 4-1 in the league at Etihad Stadium last season, but won a confrontation earlier this season in London, said, “You want to win the match, and prepare yourself to win it. If you don’t win it, be sure to draw. You have to continue to take action.” Steps as a team and trying to improve, and today we did that.”

He explained: “In my opinion, they are the best team in the world by a large margin, and we want to catch up with them and try to become a better team than them.”

With 9 matches remaining until the end of the season, Arsenal ranks second in the league with 65 points, one point ahead of Manchester City, but two points behind leaders Liverpool, who won 2-1 over Brighton earlier today.

Arteta said about today's match, refusing to talk about his team's title chances: "It generates belief and we continue with momentum. We are improving and competing better. We will do our best to continue what we are doing. Today we succeeded in a draw and we still have to improve a lot."