By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsene Wenger has revealed he is confident that Arsenal can win the Premier League this season after his team swatted aside Manchester City on Monday night.
Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud have ensured that the Gunners are now just two points off leaders Leicester.
Perhaps more significantly, second-placed Arsenal have opened up a four-point cushion over City.
Speaking after Monday’s match, Wenger admits that Arsenal are in pole position to win their first title since 2004.
He told Sky Sports: “It is too early to talk about the title but we are up there. It gives us confidence. I believe we have a very strong spirit.
“There is exceptional life in this team. Every win strengthens your belief and even more in a big game like that. We have something really special there.
“We have good desire to improve and we earned the right to win in these games. You could see when the legs went they still kept going, that’s fantastic to see.”
Mesut Ozil claimed a further two assists, taking his Premier League tally up to 15 this season – just five off Thierry Henry’s seasonal record established in 2002-03.
Wenger said: “You get used to that from Mesut Ozil, I am long enough in the game to know that to find this quality you have to travel a long way.”
The Frenchman was delighted with the performance of his team as they secured their fourth consecutive win, all achieved without the injured Alexis Sanchez.
He said: “It was a very intense game, with both teams giving everything. We always looked dangerous. We got great goals in the first half and we became shaky at 2-1.
“We knew how big this game was, Theo Walcott scored a fantastic goal which surprised Joe Hart and it put us on the way. Olivier Giroud is influential in every game. We missed chances, that’s the fear you have. When you see Wilfried Bony and Jesus Navas coming on you know they can make a difference.”