Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is optimistic about beating Arsenal when the Premier League champions visit the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
The Bosnian forward, who is likely to start against the Gunners, believes they are genuine title contenders and will challenge City for the Premier League crown this season.
The Citizens striker admits that the game against the current FA Cup holders will be a tough one, but feels that City can win it.
"[The Arsenal game] will be difficult but I'm an optimist," Dzeko said, as quoted on Goal.
"As with every season, there are several teams that will battle for the title of champions in England.
"This season Chelsea might be the most serious challenger but we mustn't ignore Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, or [Manchester] United, who will certainly be much stronger than last year. After all, everyone has got stronger and everyone wants to be first," the Bosnian international explained.
Dzeko has described the past season with the Manchester club as one of the best in his career after winning the domestic double with the Premier League and the League Cup.
"The past season was one of the best in my career and, in the end, we reached the title of champions of England, the second in the past three seasons," he continued.
"We succeeded in winning the [League] Cup and I am really happy how everything played out in the past season, both for the club and for myself," he said.
The 28-year-old striker recently signed a new four-year contract with the club and admitted that he is happy with the club and the ambitions it harbours for the future.
"As far as the contract, in general I had no dilemma around an extension. I am happy at City, the manager believes in me, which is certainly important, and I give my all on the pitch and altogether it means quite a lot to me because Manchester is a club with great ambitions and I easily decided to stay put," he said.