By Emma Sanders

Theo Walcott says Arsenal can win the Premier League after patience helped them defeat Swansea on the weekend.

The in-form Arsenal forward believes the Gunners have to be considered one of the league’s favourites.

Arsenal are now level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after picking up important close victories against Swansea, Burnley and Southampton in the last month.

Patience and a willingness not to give up has meant Arsenal have won games this season they would have usually lost in the past, says Walcott.

“The Burnley game, they were very well organised and we found it very difficult but we all stuck in, showed patience and, in time we got the win,” Walcott told Sky Sports.

“It was really important. Again, against Swansea, we had to be diligent, be patient at times, but we still got the win.

“The Burnley match was a game where we had to grind it out. This game, when we went down to 10 men, we tent to lose, to be honest.

“There are some things that are slowly getting better. I feel all we can do is control ourselves. If we play well we win games and that’s all we can do.

“We’ve been in this situation before. There is always some sort of blip but hopefully we’re not going to have that this year.”

The Gunners’ late goal against Burnley before the international break gave them three valuable points.

They followed suit this weekend with when they ground out a 3-2 victory against Swansea despite playing the final 20 minutes with ten men.

Granit Xhaka was sent off after 70 minutes and is expected to miss the next three domestic fixtures for Arsenal.

However, with Walcott in terrific form, the England international is confident his side can compete for the league.

Arsenal haven’t won the top flight since 2004 when they achieved a record-breaking unbeaten season, with 26 wins and 12 draws.

They currently have 19 points, level with Manchester City, a point above Tottenham and a win ahead of Liverpool, who play on Monday evening.

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