Manchester City boss Pep Guardoila urged calm after their defeat to Brentford on Saturday.
City broke up for the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat at home.
“It’s been good before today,” Guardiola said after City suffered their first home defeat of the season against the Bees.
“We go away with the feeling we lost so it’s always more difficult but this is the reality of this competition.
“We finished (first in the group) in the Champions League and Carabao Cup we are through and in the Premier League of course we are close to Arsenal that had been really good.
“Now we will be a little bit behind. It is what it is. But the second half of the season will dictate where we are.”
Arsenal, under former City coach Mikel Arteta lead the table, and Guardiola added that they deserved to be there.
“If you are first in the Premier League it is because you are the best,” he said.
“We will try and come back and afterwards and we will try to see.”