The last time Arsenal won a league game away from home against one of the so-called ‘Big Six’ was when we beat Man City 2-0 in January 2015.
Since then we’ve struggled on the road, but today’s 1-0 defeat of Man Utd finally put an end to that run.
It has been a long time coming, and after successive defeats to the aforementioned City and Leicester, it would have been understandable if today’s approach was more about not losing than winning.
However, Mikel Arteta’s team were brave, created chances, pressed high and were more than worthy of the three points.
Asked how it came about, the Arsenal boss told the press, “First of all, the belief that we created before the game.
“We wanted to come here and be who we are and be that from the first minute. I think obviously if you look at the performance, every player needed to be at their best and they were.
“They asked a lot of questions with the way we played, so I’m really, really happy with the performance.”
As for what it might mean for the players, he continued, “It generates the belief and it binds everyone together.
“Everyone’s going to feel really part of it because players who haven’t played so many minutes in the Premier League until recently will be involved.
“Everybody has to be ready and if we want to perform at that level, we’re going to have to use this squad. The fixtures are crazy at the moment and the physical demands are huge.
“Everybody has to be contributing and focused on what they are bringing to the team. That’s the question you have to ask of yourself. It’s not just on the pitch, it’s off it as well and in training.
“We’re looking at what you can bring to the team, how you can help and how you are contributing. I’m really happy with the team.”