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Star midfielder says Arsenal can take Premier League title


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil leaves the field after being substituted during their game against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

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Arsenal can win the Premier League title this season if they can continue playing the type of game they did during Monday night’s 2-1 win over Manchester City, midfielder Mesut Ozil has said.

The win saw the Gunners, who are second in the table and two points behind leaders Leicester City after 17 games, open up a four-point gap over Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who are third.

“We believe in ourselves. If you see the games against the big clubs, we won against them so we know our quality, if we play our game we can win the league,” Ozil told reporters after the game.

“We will give our best all the season for the title,” he said. “We have had a lot of difficult games, we are happy to win against Manchester City and we take the three points.”

“I’m happy to help the team. You see on the pitch that my teammates help me to play my game,” he said. “I just help them in return so today was another important game for us. I tried to give my best and we won the game, so we take the three points and that’s the most important thing.”

Theo Walcott said Ozil’s red-hot form is making life easier for Arsenal as the Germany international leads the Gunners’ assault on the title.

“The thing about Mesut is that he sees things that most players don’t even see on the pitch. You just have to make that run,” Walcott said. “We’ve got special players on the pitch who provide special moments in the match, and that makes our jobs so much easier.”

“The amount he gives to this team, the threat going forward and also defensively, he puts a shift in and people don’t see that side of the game which has changed in the whole squad,” he added.

Arsenal are to travel to take on 12th-placed Southampton in the league on Saturday.

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