Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has conceded that his side never stood a chance against Manchester City on Wednesday night at the Etihad.
City hammered the Gunners 4-1 to dent their hopes of becoming the Premier League champions for the 2022-23 season.
The partnership of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland in attack wreaked havoc on Arsenal's defence.
De Bruyne registered a brace and provided an assist for John Stones before Haaland scored the fourth on the night deep into stoppage time.
Rob Holding scored Arsenal's consolation goal but it was not enough to stop City from reducing their lead at the summit of the table to two points with two games in hand.
The outcome of the match left Arteta disappointed as his players failed to show up for such a big game.
"We never had a chance to win the game and we have to improve and be humble enough to accept that,” Arteta said.
“The analysis is clear. The better team won the game.
"They were probably at their best, especially in the first half, and we were nowhere near our level. When that happens the gap becomes too big.
“The first 30 minutes all the basic things you have to do against an exceptional team in terms of competing, winning duels, understanding what the game requires, we didn't do it and we were punished. We are not at the races.
"The quality of the performance was very far from one team to the other.
"They were better in every department, more aggressive."
The Spaniard however vowed that his side will not throw in the towel in the title race as they are eager to win all their remaining matches to stand a chance of denying City who will go top if they beat Fulham on Sunday.