Terry believes Jose Mourinho's side between 2004 and 2006 would be more than a match for the current leaders.
Terry told Sky Sports: “I would say 04/05, 05/06 [would be best suited to face Manchester City].
“I think them first two years when Jose Mourinho first arrived at the club. Yeah [I think we'd beat them].
“We were never afraid to say 'you know what, Arsenal will have better possession than us, but we're set, we're comfortable'.
“Didier makes such a difference and you're looking at your tactics: 'can we sit and stay compact?
"Yeah we can'.
“But we had that ball into Didier, he was so good, he used to hold it up, he could hold it up and then you'd have the runners off of him, Lamps [Frank Lampard] would be box-to-box every game."