Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side are good enough to beat Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
The Gunners are up to third in the league standings after a comfortable victory over Bournemouth. Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – just 88 seconds apart – ended Arsenal’s near-five and a half hour run without a goal in style.
A victory for Wenger’s side in Sunday’s early kick-off would see them reduce the gap to two points on surprise-package Leicester in first.
“[Beating Bournemouth] is very good for the future as we now have a very big game at home against Leicester who are now the favourites for the Premier League,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “[A win] can maybe prepare you in a better condition for the next game.
“We have a week to prepare for that and I have to think about it. Leicester is a strong side but we are also a strong side. At home with our fans and support, we can do it.”
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The 66-year-old Frenchman reserved special praise for Gunners duo Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gabriel after they both contributed to the win over the Cherries,
“Oxlade-Chamberlain has the power, the technique and he is able to score goals but he can create also,” added Wenger. “Usually he is unlucky [with his shooting] but maybe that will convince him that he should take more chances.
“Gabriel has done well. He has performed well and overall I think the confidence comes with games, which is interesting.”