In praise of the character of The Arsenal team - and our loyal supporters
Mikel Arteta has successfully instilled a "never say die" attitude within the Arsenal team. Before Arteta's tenure, the club struggled significantly to mount comebacks from deficits in previous years.
With the support of the fans, the players seem to have the confidence now that they can bounce back. This was evident last year at the Emirates when Rashford scored to make it 0-1, and it happened again this Sunday, during Arsenal's stirring triumph over Manchester United.
It took just 38 seconds from Rashford's goal for Ødegaard to level things, and last year, it took Nketiah only seven minutes to equalize.
It's as if the team elevates its performance when the opposition scores.
It’s partly down to Arteta but you can’t underestimate the role of the fans in this too.
We saw Saliba score an own goal against Leicester last season, and instead of complaining, the fans cheered the team on.
Don't get me wrong, we'd prefer to never go a goal down, but having the mental strength to come back over and over again is such an important trait for a team – especially when aspiring to win titles.