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Sean Dyche outlines the key factor that gave Arsenal the Premier League title lead over Man City



Arsenal news: The Gunners won the game against Manchester City to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table

Sean Dyche believes Arsenal have every quality to win the Premier League title after his Everton side were comfortably beaten by the Gunners on Wednesday night. Just weeks after the Toffees beat the leaders in Dyche’s first game in charge, Arsenal fought back emphatically, scoring four unanswered goals.

Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard were on the scoresheet and Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Mikel Arteta’s men opened up a five-point lead over title rivals Manchester City. The Everton match was Arsenal’s match against City and the win sets them up well for the month of March when they host three bottom-half sides at the Emirates Stadium.

After the Gunners’ victory at the King Power Stadium against Leicester, Brendan Rodgers gave his verdict on the title shot. “I think they will be very close, exceptional, the scoreboard was close, but in terms of football and technical quality they were on a different level.

“Top young keeper, solid back four, Zinchenko did a great job, has that other dimension, his technical quality and strength. Two top wingers, especially Saka. If they all stayed fit they would have finished in the four first last year. Same this year.”

Arsenal’s performance against Everton compared to Leicester was very different. At the Emirates Stadium, Arteta’s side were at their best, while at Leicester it was a tenacious defensive performance that secured the points.

Like Rodgers, Everton boss Dyche was full of praise for Arsenal’s attributes, believing there was one thing in particular that would take the Gunners to the title against Man City.

He said: “In the second half they showed what a team they are. I told my players ‘what you have to remember is that it’s not just about their ability’. In the end they close, they press, they save one from the line because they throw bodies at him . “That’s what wins titles. That’s the feeling of a group that wins titles. I’m not saying they definitely won it, Man City are fantastic but you look at their work ethic. “