Arsenal a long way from Premier League title - Flamini

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Arsenal moved to withing two points of league leaders Leicester City, after a hard-fought but overall deserved win against fellow title-chasers Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday night.

The Gunners soaked up some early City pressure before Theo Walcott curled home just after the half-hour mark for his first league goal since he scored in the 5-2 win over the Foxes in September.

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has told his team-mates they still have a lot more work to do to win the title this season.

"I believe for us, the most important is to focus on ourselves".

The victory means Arsenal, in second with 36 points from 17 matches, have closed the gap on league leaders Leicester City to two points, while they are four points ahead of third-placed City.

Wenger believes Monday's win will give his side added belief as they look for their first league title since 2004, a notion echoed by Ozil, but Mertesacker knows that nothing can be taken for granted at this stage.

We have Southampton, Bournemouth and Newcastle to come, and if we win all three of those without Alexis Sanchez then we really can start dreaming about finally lifting the League Trophy again next May.

Mesut Ozil drew plaudits following another impressive display against City and Flamini is delighted with the Germany international's form this season following criticism of some inconsistent displays in his Arsenal career to date.

"Ozil had a chest infection this weekend and he was in bed, basically. Confidence is built up very slowly and goes very quickly".

Arsenal played a more cagey, containing game for large parts of the match against City, in contrasting to their more ususal flowing attacking style - and it paid off.

"In our team, most of the time, Ozil is this player".

"For a guy who could not prepare well, he has done extremely well physically". This is a big step. When we were playing very deep we were not too much in trouble.

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