Arsenal's 1-0 victory over London adversaries Chelsea on Sunday provided the most convincing evidence of for this year that Gunners are now in a position to compete for the title which has been denied the club for more than 20 years.
Arsenal players and fans froze with a loud roar after the game on Stamford Bridge, knowing the three points not only brought the club back up above Manchester City at the top of the table, but also proved they could harm the top teams in the Premier League.
The north Londoners scored the only goal of the match - when the defender Gabriel hit the ball home after an unlucky corner was snuffed out by a number of Chelsea players. But the small margin of victory obscured their dominance over 90 minutes. This Gunners have only one league loss during the season was in September when they lost to one of England's most prestigious best six teams, Manchester United, drawing some criticism that their promising starting to their season due to victories over lesser opponents.
While they've beaten local opponents Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool since the time they won, both of those victories were played at home which adds to the impression that Sunday's win on Sunday in West London was a milestone in their campaign,report by jfdbet football malaysia betting.
Arsenal are currently on 34 points from 13 games, the highest amount they've accumulated at this point in this season, since Premier League was launched - and are currently two points clear in second place Manchester City.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said the victory is "another move" for his team , which did not finish in the top four last year. We are becoming much more efficient as a group and we are competing better. We are getting excellent performance right now the coach stated.
However, Arteta continued to downplay Arsenal's chances of taking the title from the champions Manchester City. Look at the last six years to see what Manchester City has done with the most successful manager around with the top squad in football. They have proven it repeatedly in every single game. We must be respectful the coach added.
Asked if Arsenal were now a serious contender for the title The Spaniard reduced his remarks to "We are here today," after which he quickly added that the entire season was an endurance race. For Chelsea the second time in a row following the 4-1 defeat at the weekend by Brighton & Hove Albion underscored the difficulties that is facing manager Graham Potter who is two months into his stint as head of the Blues and is 13 points behind the Gunners.
We laughed and puffed I think that you could tell the differences among the teams in terms the confidence level, Potter said. We're not at a high moment right now. He added that Chelsea was missing a number of crucial players because of injuries needed to get better but also warned that the rebuilding of the team he took over by Thomas Tuchel would take time.
Potter spoke of the three years in which Arteta was responsible for Arsenal. I'm sure that if you take a look at the Arsenal story and see where they stand today, compared compare to where they were two years ago or a year ago, the situation is slightly different, he added.