Given the size of Arsenal’s lead after the World Cup and the fact they amassed a stunning 50 points during the start of the season, Arteta’s team have been criticised.
They took only nine points from a possible 24 and twice lost to City as hopes of winning a first League title since 2004 faded.
Guardiola, however, believes there is a tendency to underestimate teams who do not quite get over the line and wants the Gunners to be given the respect they deserve for such a promising season.
"It’s the tendency to underestimate. They are winners," he said.