Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the clubs 2-1 win over rivals Manchester City strengthens his sides belief that they can win a first Premier League title in 12 years.
The Gunners took a two-goal lead at the Emirates on Monday night (21 December) after strikes from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. Citys Yaya Toure replied with a fantastic goal in the 82nd minute, but it proved to only be a consolation for the Citizens as Arsenal finished 2-1 winners.
The result means Arsenal will be second in the table this Christmas, four points ahead of City and two behind surprise league leaders Leicester City.
Speaking in the post-match press conference Wenger said that whilst the victory wouldnt decide the title race, it would strengthen the belief in his side that they can beat the best in the league.
Look, its too early to say to win the league, but it strengthens our belief that we have a word to say. You realise that you earn your right to win these games and for us its important that we realise that we have to be ready to fight like that in every single game.
Whats interesting on my side is that theres real life in the team, real togetherness and real solidarity, he said.
Of course its significant game because when you look at Man City, the quality they have on the pitch, you know they will be there to fight for the championship. And for us to beat this kind of team in a big game strengthens our belief and is needed, added Wenger.
Arsenal next face Southampton away on Boxing Day. Manchester City meanwhile will entertain relegation-scrappers Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium.