SINGAPORE- They are combine harvesters; relentless machines slicing through all obstacles in their path. They do not just brush aside. They thresh, thrash, mangle and maim. They are mobile machetes.
If they begin to fix their away form at West Brom this Thursday (Singapore time), their rise to the summit will be unstoppable. No one will halt the charge, not even Arsenal.
Swansea City were the latest fodder to offer less opposition than crops blowing in the breeze. The Swans had their wings clipped. The 3-0 victory was routine rather than ruthless. Michael Laudrup's men were spared Tottenham's bloody massacre.
Spurs fans can still hear the screaming from that nightmare in Manchester. And those faint strains of despair have drifted across North London.
Arsenal must fear Manuel Pellegrini's monsters in Manchester. They are coming for the Gunners on Dec 14 - at the Etihad Stadium.
At the Etihad, they are invincible, invulnerable. Seven games, seven victories, 29 goals scored; that's more than a mission statement. That's annihilation.
At the Etihad, City are title winners in waiting. They are killing time until the coronation.
Swansea weren't so much beaten as they were harvested. City's victory was impressive not for being sublime, but systematic. The blades kept whirring, spinning and slicing until the Eithad turf had been cleared of Swans.