By Shravanth Vijayakumar and Nayan Das
Arsenal can win the Premier League title this season if they can continue playing the type of game they did during Monday night’s 2-1 win over Manchester City, midfielder Mesut Ozil has said.
The win saw the Gunners, who are second in the table and two points behind leaders Leicester City after 17 games, open up a four-point gap to Manuel Pellegrini’s side who are third.
“We believe in ourselves. If you see the games against the big clubs, we won against them so we know our quality, if we play our game we can win the league,” Ozil told reporters after the game.
“We will give our best all the season for the title. We have had a lot of difficult games, we are happy to win against Manchester City and we take the three points.
“I’m happy to help the team. You see on the pitch that my team-mates help me to play my game. I just help them in return so today was another important game for us.
“I tried to give my best and we won the game, so we take the three points and that’s the most important thing.”
Theo Walcott believes Ozil’s red-hot form is making life easier for Arsenal as the Germany international leads the Gunners’ assault on the title.
The World Cup winner set up Walcott and Olivier Giroud on Monday to register his 14th and 15th assists of the season and is on course to beat Thierry Henry’s record for the most assists in a single campaign (20), which the Frenchman set 13 years ago.
“The thing about Mesut is that he sees things that most players don’t even see on the pitch. You just have to make that run,” Walcott said.
“We’ve got special players on the pitch who provide special moments in the match, and that makes our jobs so much easier.
“The amount he gives to this team, the threat going forward and also defensively, he puts a shift in and people don’t see that side of the game which has changed in the whole squad.”
Arsenal travel to take on 12th-placed Southampton in the league on Saturday.
Foir City, defea was “hard to take” but the team were confident they have plenty of games remaining to catch up, right-back Bacary Sagna has said.
“It’s hard to take, I think we started the game really well, we had possession of the ball, and on their first shot they scored,” Sagna told reporters after the game.
“It makes it difficult against a quality team. Now we have to keep our heads up because they are creating a gap.
“It’s not a blow personally, I want to keep working hard, I want to fight to the end because we have many games to catch up, of course we have a gap now but as I said the league is going to be very long,” the former Arsenal player added.
“We have to play them (Arsenal) at home, we have to play Leicester so we have to keep the head up keep working and keep sticking together.
“We need to communicate a bit more, to focus a bit more and to stick together as team a bit more and I think it will be okay.”
City host relegation-threatened Sunderland in the league on Saturday, before taking on current leaders Leicester away on December 29.