Morning all.

Much was said before yesterday’s game or rather written as Leicester City were declared the team Arsenal needed to beat if they were to prove this unbeaten run was the real deal. I think similar was written in the back pages before the Aston Villa game but of course, that soon changed to Villa being awful on the day. Leicester were poor too according to the BT Sport pundits, after all, had they been on good form, Arsenal would never have scored two goals in the first half. What rubbish.

Brendan Rogers suggested there was a foul on one of his players in the passage of play before the passage of play which led to Arsenal’s corner. Yes, smacks of desperation doesn’t it. Perhaps he should have admitted how fortunate his side was to continue with eleven men on the pitch after Evans, the last man, dragged Aubameyang to the ground in order to stop him spinning past the defender and going one on one with Kasper Schmeichel. Funny enough, Man City’s Laporte did the same thing in their defeat to Crystal Palace but he saw a red card waved in his direction. Where is the consistency?

Admittedly, Brendan Rodgers side caused more problems for Arsenal in the second half than they had in the first but even though it felt like the kitchen sink was heading towards Aaron Ramsdale’s goal at times, they got nothing in return.

There were peaks and troughs for both teams I think but the difference was that Arsenal made two chances count plus, Aaron Ramsdale was in great form. He was so confident in his own ability, he even joined in with the home fans when they sang about him being s**t at goal kicks. Deep down though, those same fans knew how good he was playing. There was one save he made which really was outstanding. The away fans appreciated him just as he did they as he went off at half-time. And at the end of the game as he was the last Arsenal player to leave the pitch having given his shirt to a young lad sat on his dad’s shoulders, wearing a keepers shirt. A lovely thing to do.

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dimWIHYcLSM

 

I doubt we’ll witness a better save in the Premier League this season. Unless Aaron Ramsdale comes up with another and I wouldn’t put it past him. His previous save hadn’t been bad either as it took a dive at full stretch to get his hands to Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot and push it around the post.

I thought Arsenal were very good. In the first half, Leicester couldn’t live with the way we played. Ramsdale’s distribution was excellent, Arsenal’s hunger was clear to see and the passing was good. A corner from Saka was headed home by Gabriel for our first, the second slotted home by Emile Smith Rowe after some determined play from Lacazette in the box.

Rogers changed things at half-time, bringing on two players with a bit more pace in their legs and yes, they were better than us at times but this Arsenal defence seems more resolute these days and anything on target was stopped. One minute it was Ben White with a clearance, the next it was Tomi making a good tackle on the edge of the box. Or Nuno Tavares or Gabriel, or Thomas Partey. Or of course, Aaron Ramsdale!

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RJe7xGL5Hf4

 

This Arsenal is barely recognisable in comparison to the team which surrendered so easily to Brentford, Chelsea and Man City. Back then it didn’t matter who played because as a team we were weak, undisciplined and totally disorganised. There seemed little to no belief in whatever this process Mikel Arteta was talking about and quite frankly, the football was awful. Arsenal deserved to be right where they were after three games which was bottom of the League table. Aubameyang was jogging around on a match day looking like he was thinking about anything but what he was supposed to be doing but here he is now, pressing hard from the front to start our defending. Lacazette might not be scoring goals but he’s working hard to ensure as a team, we create chances, ESR just never gives up and nor does Saka. Partey and Lokonga are forming a strong partnership and young Tavares has come into the team and settled like he’s been playing the game for more years than he’s been alive. Our back line is organised, together, dogged and determined.

But, it’s not just the first team adopting this approach because against Leeds Utd on Tuesday, a very different eleven turned out yet the commitment level was the same. It seems to me that every player at the club is finally on the ship which Mikel Arteta talked about a while ago.

I doubted Mikel Arteta could turn things around when Arsenal were rooted to the bottom of the table. A part of me still doubts him but I think that’s just because we’ve been here before. This time though, it’s starting to feel a little bit different. We’ve been through the worst of time, not heading towards them.

Lastly, another mention for the Arsenal fans who once more were loud and proud all through the game.

I came out 15 to 20 minutes after I spoke with the players and they were still here singing. They were phenomenal. I’m so glad for them that they travelled here and we offered them the victory. It makes us closer to them. Mikel Arteta.

They’re clearly on the ship too, mind you, in this weather, they might need to be.

See you in the comments.