English Premier League: Walcott & Giroud on target in Gunners win

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey goes for the spectacular in the first-half

That is the opinion of the Bild back-pages as the sporting media in Germany react to the playmaker's virtuoso display for Arsenal during the 2-1 triumph over Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Monday.

They will hope to at least maintain that points difference against Ronald Koeman's side, who come into the clash with just one point from their last five games - courtesy of a 1-1 home draw with bottom club Aston Villa. Last year Ronald Koeman welcomed Arsenal on New Year's Day and saw his Saints pick up a 2-0 win thanks to some calamitous defending from the visitors.

The win sees Arsene Wenger's men go two points behind shock leaders Leicester, with the Gunners now many people's favourites to end their Premier League trophy drought and lift the title in May.

Wenger, however, knows all too well the fragility which accompanies such momentum.

"The confidence is very high", said Wenger. "There's a real life and togetherness in the team, so let's take care of that".

"We have had a lot of hard games and we are happy now to win against Manchester City all the team is happy and me two", Özil told Sky Sports after the game in his first post match interview in English.

"I think that it was important for Sergio to return to the team", he said. "In our team, most of the time, Ozil is this player". "All the rest is positive pressure. I think Theo Walcott had a very good, strong, fighting performance and his defensive performance was top level today".

The game between Leicester and Manchester City is a win-win situation for Arsenal.

"In football you need one guy who gives the ball to the one who scores the goal". Although he said that it was too early to predict the league victor, the Frenchman added that the win has strengthened their belief of claiming the title, the Guardian reported. "I understand that we must improve, especially in the games we are playing away, but we continue to be involved in all the competitions".

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