City were held to a draw for the third league game in a row against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, leaving the Blues in third spot in the table. The Gunners sit two points clear at the top after their 2-1 win over Wolves on Saturday, with Liverpool now their nearest challengers.
City will undoubtedly be in the shake-up again come the end of the season having pipped Arsenal to the title last season on their way to winning the treble. But when asked if he has seen a drop-off from last season&aposs City side, Arteta said: I dont look at those things. I have enough looking at my team.
I think about how were going to play better tomorrow and be more consistent and be more difficult to beat and the things that we need to tweak and how we can use our players in the best possible ways to win. Its still a huge marathon ahead of us.
The encouragement comes from watching the team play, watching them behave every day and how hungry and willing they are to approach every training session.
Thats what gives me encouragement. What the others do is something that we cannot control.
Arteta was also name-checked by friend and former colleague Pep Guardiola in the aftermath of Citys 3-3 draw with Spurs.
Guardiola refused to be drawn on the decision of Simon Hooper not to play an advantage late in the game as City broke through on goal saying he would not do a Mikel Arteta comment.
It was a clear reference to former City assistant Arteta, who is still awaiting the outcome of a Football Association charge after he labelled the decision of VAR to award Anthony Gordons goal in a recent 1-0 loss to Newcastle as embarrassing and a disgrace.