Midfielder Leon Osman admits Everton's run of draws has put a slight dampener on their flying start to the season, but remains confident they can find a solution to the stalemates.
"Of course there is disappointment when you don't get three points because football is about winning," he said. "It is football. It's not as if we've lost six out of eight games, we've been drawing."
Osman added: "Most of the games we should probably have won had it not been for a mistake or a refereeing decision going in our favour.
"But we will stay positive, if we nick a goal in any of those games and we could be six or seven points better off."
Osman believes they can take heart from the display against Arsenal, when they recovered from conceding a goal to Theo Walcott after only 52 seconds to equalise through Marouane Fellaini and then have justifiable claims for a penalty rejected.
"It was a good performance and I certainly felt we were the team pushing and creating the chances towards the end, but it is not great when you give a team like Arsenal a goal start," he said. "We are looking forward to the game against City. It is going to be difficult going to play the champions but we will be confident as we've had a reasonably good record there over the last few years (winning four of the last five)."