Paul Dickov believes former club Manchester City now have the squad strength to beat anyone in England, in any competition.

The ex-Scottish striker was speaking after the Citizens' 1-0 win over Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-final, with Roberto Mancini playing his 'fringe' players in the victory at the Emirates Stadium.

With Sergio Aguero available to come off the bench and score the winner for the visitors, City had more firepower at their disposal in comparison to the Gunners, who rested Robin Van Persie in the competition, and Dickov believes it's a sign of things to come.

"I thought Arsenal were possibly the better team last night against Man City," he told talkSPORT.

"But when you look at the size of the squad, they are able to change things. Man City can put out a team that will go out there and beat any team in the league, no matter what competition it’s in.”

Whilst goals appeared to be the problem for City following Mancini's arrival at the Etihad Stadium, Dickov believes attack is now the strongest part of his former side's armoury.

Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli are all at the disposal of the manager, whilst Carlos Tevez remains on the books despite his differences with the club's management. With such a talented front-line, scoring is not going to be a problem in the title race this term.

"With the players they’ve got, and no matter who plays ,they are always going to score," added Dickov.

"When Roberto [Mancini] first went in there people were talking about his Italian style and how defensive he was, and 18 months ago they weren’t scoring the goals they should [have been] and they were a bit negative.

"He’s gone in there, stripped them down to the basics, got them defending properly so that now when anyone goes into the defence, they look solid. They believe they will score every game."

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