Arsene Wenger says he’s feeling the title-challenging vibes from his team after a hard-fought win over Newcastle brought their festive points tally to 9 from 12 and saw them top the table on their own after Leicester City dropped further points.
A goal from Laurent Koscielny on a day when the Gunners failed to reach the heights of previous performances spoke to an ability to scrap out a win that hasn’t always been within the reach of previous iterations.
And it has the Arsenal manager feeling that there’s something stirring within his squad.
“The experience, the quality of their attitude, the team always has the charisma,” he said. “If you look at the team as a unit, it is like person.
“If you look at your team like a person and the vibes that are coming out – you can sense in this job if you feel it or not.
“You fight, not to concede a goal, not panic and wait for your chance. We were more questioned on that aspect than the way we play football so it is good sometimes to win like that.”
Wenger says he’ll give his players some time off ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Sunderland, and while there are bound to be some changes to his side, the squad depth suggests that he can’t do a huge amount in that regard, unless he turns to some of the youngest members of the squad.
We’ll find out more on that as the week progresses.