‘Arsenal are showing a resilience we haven’t seen in last two campaigns

Arsenal players in a huddle before the matchIMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris and ex-Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly both believe Arsenal are showing a greater level of resolve than they have in previous seasons.

Kai Havertz’s late winner against Brentford on Saturday continued the Gunners’ title-chasing momentum as they look to go one better than they did last year.

“I don’t think we can speak highly enough of how Arsenal have played of late,” Morris told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.

“It was a difficult game [against Brentford] but what they’ve put together in the last six weeks or so is phenomenal. They’re a team that is absolutely going to be challenging for the title which is what you want from a team like Arsenal.

“They’ve not only scored a massive amount of goals but they’ve also looked comfortable doing it. Today wasn’t the easiest of games for them but if you’re going to win something those are the games you’ve got to get over the line in.

“Last year would they have drawn this game? Would they have dropped points?

“Arsenal are looking extremely strong at the minute and anyone challenging a team like Man City at this stage of the season is definitely doing something right.”

Kelly said: “They’re showing a resilience we haven’t seen in the last two campaigns.

“The title was there’s to take last season and they let it go, the season before they let Champions League football go. There’s a determination and doggedness about them this season.

“I was worried about that centre-forward position but they’re producing from everywhere which is worrying for the other teams.

“They’ve been brilliant and I think they’re going to push right until the end.”

Eye-catching Arsenal

  • Arsenal have scored 70 goals in their 28 Premier League games this season, the earliest into a league campaign they have scored 70+ goals since 1963-64 (27th game).

  • The Gunners have won eight consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April 2015 under Arsène Wenger.

  • They are only the fourth side to win each of their first eight Premier League games of a calendar year; the previous three all went on to win the title that year (Man Utd in 2009, Liverpool in 2020, Man City in 2021).

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