That said it all for Unai Emery, a meticulous and thoughtful head coach who continues to be undermined by the sheer ineptitude of his defence.
"Maybe Manchester City is a different example because they bought a very important lot with paying a lot and maybe we can't do that now like that, but our way is we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham". Contributions from Mesut Ozil and Denis Suarez would be vital for the English outfit in the upcoming months.
Before leaving Barcelona, the midfielder signed an extension keeping him tied to the club until 2021. I get that and we try with all we have.
I can't see past a City win here - the speed of their attackers, and Arsenal's defensive problems, means this could be somewhat one-sided.
The loan deal includes the option to sign Suarez full-time in the summer as the Spain global links up with Emery again having played under his compatriot at Sevilla. "It's very hard but I trust in my players".
Jürgen Klopp is continuing to push his Liverpool side ahead with full momentum to the Premier League title this season.
"It will be a tough match", Emery added. He said, "I am thinking of all the players, and I will make my decision tomorrow, but if he starts I have confidence in him." .
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"They have lost some matches but I think that was an accident". Second-place City is coming off a shocking 2-1 loss at Newcastle, which combined with the Reds' draw with Leicester, increased the gap to five points.
"But we are looking forward to playing, to showing that we can [win] and want [to win]".
However, the Gunners were linked with a number of names and suggestions are that the fans are unhappy with the club's transfer dealing knowing that they have got need for players, especially at the defense.
They were without the leadership skills of club captain Vincent Kompany, who has made only six league starts this season because of injuries.
Emery told us in his press conference that Suarez has already trained with the team, and went into detail about his plans for the Spaniard when asked if he could play.