By Giuseppe Muro

Theo Walcott believes ‘underdogs' Arsenal have the pace to catch Manchester City on the break at Eastlands on Sunday.

City are now considered Premier League title contenders and with that comes pressure to take the game to their opponents. That is music to the ears of a speed merchant like Walcott and he thinks City's strategy could play into Arsenal's hands.

Earlier this month Arsène Wenger's side started on the front foot against Chelsea and created a number of chances before conceding twice. Walcott, who returned from injury in midweek, believes it could be the Gunners' turn to sit back and play on the counter.

"That's a good thing for us [if they go into the game as favourites]. We can go up there and express ourselves and try and get that result," said Walcott.

"I think we could catch them on the counter-attack. I think it's going to be a sort of slow game at times. I think with the pace we've got in our team we can catch them on the break. Only time will tell [whether we will get caught on the break ourselves].

Walcott has stressed the importance of fit-again Cesc Fabregas in helping to break down a stubborn Manchester City midfield.

"He's a big player. On the pitch he attracts other players to him. He spots a ball no-one else would so it's great to see him back and hopefully he can stay fit now and lead us on in the title race.

"If everyone gets their jobs right we have a great chance."

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