Date: 22nd December 2015 at 8:14am
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Arsenal moved to within touching distance of Leicester City last night with another superb win against one of the top clubs, emerging victorious with a 2-1 over title rivals Man City.

The Gunners have often been accused of not winning games against the “big teams” however this season we`ve won six and drawn one of the games against the current top seven in the league, we`ve beaten Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Bayern Munich and are currently the only side to have won against the mighty Foxes.

Commendable draws against Liverpool and Spurs too have seen us been installed as favourites for the Premier League crown (which I`m not happy with, I prefer being the under dogs).

After the 2-1 win over City last night Yaya Toure and Manuel Pellergrini both made the claim that City were the dominant side yet even though they did come on strong at the end they never really troubled the Gunners until after Toure`s moment of brilliance.

But I`m getting ahead of myself.

Statistics can be a very useful tool to determine how a game has gone, but like Mark Twain says, they don`t always tell the truth.

Arsenal are a team associated with tons of possession, however in recent times they have been more than happy to surrender possession to the opposition in exchange for time to ensure we keep a good shape and defend well. We used the tactic to perfection against Bayern Munich.

Statistics tell us that City had a mammoth amount of shots on goal last night while the Gunners didn`t register a shot on target until Theo Walcott absolutely walloped the ball home from 20 yards just before half time.

Mesut Ozil was credited with an assist for the goal but truth be told it was exactly the most penetrating of passes, Theo definitely did the lion`s share of the work on that goal.

That wasn`t the case 7 seconds second before half time though as Ozil played a perfectly weighted ball for Olivier Giroud to race through and slide the ball between Joe Hart`s legs to double Arsenal`s lead.

Arsenal had a number of great chances to put the game to bed with chances for Aaron Ramsey and Joel Campbell that we really should have done better with.

Man City kept on racking up the shots on goal without ever once really troubling Petr Cech. But that changed shortly before full time as Yaya Toure scored a pretty sweet goal, literally passing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards. Cech had no chance and is forced to wait a little longer to become the all time PL cleanest of keepers.

The last 8 minutes were tense to say the least, but Arsenal defended fantastically and showed exactly why we currently boast the league`s meanest defence.

The Gunners go into Christmas 2 points behind The Foxes but a comfortable 4 points ahead of City in 3rd place. The other statistic we can use to our advantage is that the last two times we have been in 2nd place on Christmas day we`ve gone on to win the league.

Leicester now face Liverpool and Man City in their next two games which will go a long way to tell us whether they can be genuine title contenders.


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