Football: Walcott and Giroud fire Arsenal to victory over Man City

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott and Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London on D
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his team's second goal with Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott and Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London on Dec 21, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal landed the first meaty blow of this season's Premier League title race with a 2-1 win at home to rivals Manchester City on Monday (Dec 21) that swept away a few more doubts about their title credentials.

Arsene Wenger's side certainly had the swagger of champions as they picked City apart with first-half goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud while the visitors looked forlorn until Yaya Toure netted with eight minutes remaining.

Toure's goal sparked a late resurgence from Manuel Pellegrini's side, but they could not find a leveller, meaning City have now not won away in the league since September and have lost three of their last five on the road.

Arsenal, who have not lost at home in the league since the first game of the season, stay second in the table, two points behind surprise leaders Leicester City, but four clear of Pellegrini's side.