EPL: Win strengthens our belief, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal 1 Newcastle 0 match report Laurent Koscielny keeps Arsenal top of the Premier League

We wanted to win this game and I think it sends out a statement of what we are all about this year. You had times where you had players on the ground at both sides of the pitch because of that total commitment. 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. That is why we implement them into games but we are still unsafe on the counter-attack and that makes us a real threat.

This term, though, the duo have switched roles, with Ozil establishing himself as the form play-maker in the Premier League, while Fabregas has endured what must be his worst ever start to a season. The Londoners were by far the better team on the night, as City only seemed to spark into life in the final 10 minutes.

"Flamini is a more defensive player and you compensate always, but its most important that the pair works together".

They are unbeaten in their last six matches and five of Arsenal's last six top-flight title wins have seen them in second place at Christmas, including two of their three Premier League titles.

He said: "We have nobody back for this game".

"Ozil had a chest infection this weekend and he was in bed, basically. I'm a bit cautious because we have lost three or four players recently so I have to be cautious a little bit". If you can be leaders before then that is better, but I think you need to be there on the last day of January. "Christmas period - you can't count him".

I went in straight away. After that Man City can't back into the game.

"This season is so different because they're beating the big teams, which is a massive bonus".

Ozil has now got 15 assists in the league this season.

"He's a top quality manager, no one would dispute that". We are certainly more resilient than we were.

This week, playmaker Ozil said he is "very happy" at the Emirates, but is in no rush to renew his current deal.

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