Manchester City midfielder James Milner believes Arsenal will compete with his side for the Premier League title this season, following strong activity in the transfer window.
The pair face each other this weekend in the annual curtain raiser to the new campaign at Wembley in the Community Shield.
Milner also thinks that City and Arsenal are gaining a headstart on other top-flight teams due to the competitive nature of the fixture.
"The Community Shield is always a good game to be playing in," Milner told Manchester City’s official website.
"It gives you a bit of a headstart on the other teams who are still playing friendlies.
"It's an important game for us and it's a piece of silverware that we really want to win.
"Arsenal are a really good team and always gives us a tough match. I think they will be challenging for the title this year – they've made some good additions.
"They've strengthened but then, so have we – we've got some really good new players coming into the fold."
City have signed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, defender Bacary Sagna and Fernando so far this summer, as well as taking former Chelsea star Frank Lampard on loan. Centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is also due to arrive to aid the Citizen’s defensive cause.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have snapped up Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, Calum Chambers from Southampton, as well as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina.
The Gunners could yet conduct more activity this window, and have been linked with Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, but no deal is likely to be done before Sunday’s game against City.