CHRIS SUTTON: Gunners have added steel after victory against Everton

CHRIS SUTTON: Steely Arsenal showed courage, hunger and togetherness in their win over Everton… traits that weren’t always evident under Unai Emery

  • Arsenal demonstrated a steeliness in their victory against Everton on Sunday 
  • There was a determination in their performance and also a visible will to win 
  • The players demonstrated several traits not always evident under Unai Emery 
  • The Arsenal of old may even have crumbled under pressure from the visitors 

Are Arsenal back on track? They still have some way to go under Mikel Arteta, but there was a steeliness to them against Everton — and I don’t use that word just because of Shkodran Mustafi’s new silver hairdo!

There was a determination to their performance, a real will to win among their players. I saw courage, hunger, organisation and togetherness — four traits that weren’t always evident under previous boss Unai Emery.

The Arsenal of old might have crumbled under the pressure from Carlo Ancelotti’s visitors, who are improving themselves. 

Arsenal demonstrated steeliness and continue to improve under the guidance of Mikel Arteta

But the hosts held on, despite tiring legs, and saw it out for a win which takes them up to ninth and the fringes of the European places.

Arteta will not be pleased with the two goals Arsenal conceded — both from set-pieces — and Everton had further opportunities to score through Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

But this is an Arsenal team on the rise. Under the guidance of their new boss, they are slowly but surely making themselves difficult to beat and remembering what it takes to win.

The Arsenal of old may have suffered under pressure from Everton but this team are on the rise

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