Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said they would not join Arsenal if they continued to play poorly.
Guardiola was speaking after the defending champions came from two goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
“We are far from the team we had in previous seasons. Do you think this comeback will happen every time? It won’t.
“We have an opponent at Arsenal who have the flames. Two decades without winning the Premier League. I’m explaining the truth, everything is very comfortable (at City) but opponents don’t wait.
“Do you think we’ll chase the gap to Arsenal with the way we play? Guardiola said.
The victory moved City five points behind Arsenal, who host Manchester United on Sunday.
However, Guardiola’s men can reduce Arsenal’s lead to two points, as they play Wolverhampton before kick-off in the Emirates.
Premier League: We won’t catch Arsenal – Guardiola speaks after the 4-2 win over Tottenham