Sagna: Arsenal Loss "Hard to Take" but City Can Catch Up

Laurent Koscielny gets Arsenal off the mark

Theo Walcott believes Ozil's red-hot form is making life easier for Arsenal as the Germany global leads the Gunners' assault on the title.

Arsenal have secured more Premier League points than any other side this calendar year and head into their Boxing Day match at Southampton two points behind leaders Leicester, having defeated fellow high-fliers Manchester City 2-1 on Monday night Football.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Wenger said: "We have nobody coming back".

Suggesting the key to success, Mertesacker called on his side to stop thinking and start putting the plan into action.

The victory has put the Gunners second in the Premier League table, two points behind Leicester City and are one of the favourites to lift the title.

"We haven't proven anything yet and we haven't been so consistent that we can talk about that - that is my opinion". You come out and realise you have earned your right to win these games and for us it is important. "I think the way we played in the second half we are going to be an important team in fighting for the title", he stressed after the game. We did well to hold on and get the win. 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.

"We need to communicate a bit more, to focus a bit more and to stick together as team a bit more and I think it will be okay".

"Now we face the next challenge on Saturday (at Southampton)".

"Sometimes we need to adjust, as we don't have all the players available at the minute". City remained in third position despite the loss, but now stand six points clear of pole position and four points behind Arsenal. "For the Christmas period, don't count him...He was planned to be on the bench [against Manchester City] but he is so keen that he got a little pain and we didn't take a gamble at all".

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