Pep Guardiola has dismissed the idea that his Manchester City side could finish the season unbeaten, like Arsenal did in 2003/04.

Manchester City have been in imperious form this season so far. They’ve won eight of their nine Premier League games, scoring 32 and conceding just four in the process. Their one blip was a home draw against Everton.

Such a good start to the season has prompted some to wonder if they could go the whole season unbeaten. However, manager Pep Guardiola doesn’t believe his side can do it.

I am here to win the next one, then the next one and then in May we can say how was the season,” Guardiola said, as reported by The Sun. “But if you ask me if we can finish unbeaten, I say that cannot happen. 

“To have this kind of statistic is ridiculous because football today is so demanding. We know when we don’t play good we are going to lose. It doesn’t make any difference if the other team is not in the top five or six, any team can beat us.

The idea of a team matching Arsenal’s feat from 2003-04 comes up at least once a year. That no side has yet to match their run highlights what an accomplishment it was by Arsenal.

Guardiola is wise to distant his team from the idea, as he won’t them getting carried away with their current form. City are the only unbeaten side left in the Premier League after Manchester United were defeated by Huddersfield on Saturday.

They face an out-of-form West Brom in their next Premier League fixture, before hosting Arsenal before the international break. Arsenal will have the opportunity in that game to ensure that City come nowhere near their record.