Sergio Aguero has named Tottenham and Liverpool as two of Manchester City's biggest rivals this season, conspicuously leaving out Arsenal as the Manchester City striker insists his side will win the title this season.
After taking the domestic trophy for the first time in over 40 years in the 2011-12 season, City were unable to back up their success with more silverware in the campaign following, losing out to Manchester United in the league and suffering defeat in the FA Cup final.
And Aguero says he is well aware of the competition this time around, insisting that even with a change of manager United will be tough to beat, while Chelsea and Tottenham also present a threat.
"Our squad is better than United and Chelsea," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Manchester United are our primary rival, then Chelsea. Tottenham are good, and then there is Liverpool."
The comments will certainly be complimentary for Andre Villas-Boas and Brendan Rodgers, who both worked hard this summer to rebuild their squads and land their chosen targets with the former needing to find replacements for the outgoing Gareth Bale.
But the comments are equally stinging for Arsenal, who had been buoyed by the signing of Mesut Ozil on deadline day, but would appear to be seriously lacking in any other vast improvements to help them break their eight-year wait for a trophy.
Gunners fans found the summer particularly difficult after Ivan Gazidis revealed there would be money available to spend in the transfer window, but Wenger held out until the last day to part with a single penny of his budget.
Despite the acquisition of Ozil, there still appears to be a lack of depth in the final third with Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner the only two natural centre forwards at the club.