That is the cynical view of Pep Guardiola, who brought up his side’s demoralising defeat to Leicester following their win over Mikel Arteta’s Gunners at the Etihad on Saturday evening.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is desperate to see his team win back their title after Liverpool cruised to their first top flight triumph in 30 years, but he doesn’t seem overly confident.
Guardiola has now mentioned one way in which Arsenal and Liverpool might both have an advantage.
“Winning games helps to win games,” said the Spanish manager this weekend.
“We started really well against Wolves, we had a big blow against Leicester when we gave away three penalties after starting so well and at Leeds we played a good 30 minutes, the last 10-15 as well but we are still not there, we have not played 90 really well.
“We didn’t have preparation, Liverpool and Arsenal started three weeks before us and we had three guys who had Covid and Bernardo injured.
“With the position we have it is important to win games. Now [Aymeric] Laporte is out again, [Benjamin] Mendy again, Kevin [De Bruyne] again. We cannot be 90 minutes in the top level but we did it.”
Guardiola has suggested that his team will be playing catch-up for the rest of the season following their late start, which could also add to the injury concerns they have already faced.
“Mendy will be three to four weeks, Laporte we expect sooner. I don’t know how much but maybe in one week or 10 days he could be ready,” he said.
“Gabriel has a quad injury in front of his leg and I think we will have to be calm and cautious.
“He is still not on the field training. We struggled a lot in the beginning, for the lack of preparation and amount of absences but even with that we are still alive.”
“I am upset because I think we deserved more from the game,” Arteta then told Sky Sports.
“I’m extremely happy with the performance against a top, top team. To come here with the attitude and courage and to make it as difficult as we made today, I have to say I cannot demand more from the players.
“Apart from when you have three big chances in a game you have to score.”