Sergio Aguero believes Manchester City have what it takes to win back their Premier League crown - and doesn't consider Arsenal a major threat in their pursuit of top spot.
The Citizens meekly relinquished the title they won in 2011/12 to rivals Manchester United, eventually finishing 11 points behind their fierce rivals.
That prompted the departure of Roberto Mancini, who was replaced by former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean spent almost £100 million over the summer on new players and now Aguero believes they have the squad to beat off the competition and reign supreme in the Premier League.
"I am convinced we are stronger than last season," he said. It will be a really competitive Premier League but we have a good squad to win and I would say we have a staff a little better than United and Chelsea.
When assessing Manchester City's title rivals this term, the Argentinean striker omitted Arsenal, who added £42.5 million man Mesut Ozil to their ranks on deadline day.
"United will be our biggest rivals, even if they have changed coach. And then Chelsea with the return of Mourinho. Tottenham have built a great squad and then there is always Liverpool.
"City have invested a lot for some years and is growing a lot and quickly. We know that we have to win - and the new arrivals know that City wants to become one of the big teams."
Aguero insisted that working under Mancini was not as difficult as has been claimed by some of his former players such as Samir Nasri, but says he is flourishing in the more central role handed to him by Pellegrini.
"Sometimes with (Roberto) Mancini I played more on the flanks and more behind the main striker," he said.
"Roberto asked me to move around the box. But now with new wide players like Navas and with Silva who plays on the left, Pellegrini has asked me to move further forward, almost up with the centre-forward, and he asks me to move more in the area and link with Toure, Navas and Silva."