Manchester City midfielder David Silva has hailed Arsenal, but has said that his side has to win when the two sides meet on Monday night.
A win at the Emirates for City will see them go ahead of Arsenal into second place in the Premier League.
"We have to win, win, win," Silva said, as quoted in the Independent, mcfc.co.uk reports. "Clearly, Arsenal is a great team - you can see, with the players they've got there, and they got a fantastic result in Greece [against Olympiakos in the Champions League] that proves they can turn it around as well.
"It's an important game, but it's not going to define anything. For us, though, it's just that we have to win."
Silva also revealed that he will prefer the Gunners to win the title if the Citizens fails to do so because Arsenal and City have a similar style of play.
He explained: "The way I play football, you always feel attracted to teams that play the way you play and if we don't win the title and Arsenal do, it would be good - but we're here to win it.
"Arsenal is clearly a very strong team, but Leicester are playing very well, so both really are direct rivals. You cannot discount Leicester because they are playing very well. They are confident and winning their games.
"We are seeing that, unless you are 100 per cent, you can lose a game and the intensity and the fact that everyone is able to win makes the league very, very interesting.
"When you win, that gives you confidence and gives you experience to keep winning titles. You know you have done it already."