Of course Arsenal fans would have much preferred to inflict yet another defeat on our north London rivals Tottenham at the weekend. With Man City also failing to win though, and with the Gunners fighting back to stop the spuds from winning, we can at least head into the international break level on points at the top of the Premier League table.
And with the worrying injury list supposedly set to be a lot better soon, Arsenal fans have very good reasons to be optimistic and confident that our title challenge will continue to flourish when the domestic action begins again.
Arsene Wenger and the players can also look forward to hitting the ground running after the break, despite the fact that three of the next four league games are away from home. Trips to West Brom, Norwich City and Aston Villa should not be too much of a problem the way we have been playing.
We have got a big test of our title challenge on the horizon though, and so the suggestion that Wenger might just have a secret weapon and a lucky charm to help him when Man City come to town. The unlikely source of this help is the fighting French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who had already rescued us in the Capital One Cup away to the spuds with that unlikely double strike. He came on to help Arsenal avoid defeat at the weekend and after the game he revealed that the result kept a very impressive record going.
Flamini told Arsenal Player, “Unfortunately we didn’t score a second goal because we had plenty of opportunities, but we will take this point. It was important not to lose.
“I was happy [to come on] because it is a special game for me against Spurs. There is a lot of passion, I know what it means to play against them for the fans and of course it was important for me to get back into the game.
“I have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates, and believe me you do not want it to start against Spurs. We came back with great team spirit and it was important for the fans as well today.”
So if Arsenal are losing to Man City in a few weeks, will Wenger remember Flamini´s home record and turn to him to rescue another game and keep our title challenge on track?