Perhaps we should not place too much emphasis on the performance of the Arsenal team in one game, but there has been a definite improvement from the players in the last two games. And if the TV pundits are going to use the abject nature of our showing against West Brom to suggest that it was proof that Arsene Wenger had lost the Arsenal dressing room and the team was not playing for him, we also have to look at what the recent upturn in effort and form means to Arsenal.
We might not have been at our fluent best against Man City last weekend, which is hardly surprising as confidence was low and the pressure was on, but there were clear signs that the team was pulling together and working hard to avoid defeat.
That improvement continued last night, especially after an evenly contested first half. It was almost as if the shackles were off a bit and the players had listened to the instructions of the boss to push on and up the tempo after the restart and they got the perfect results for doing so.
Next up for Arsenal is a trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night, so if the players put in another good performance, whatever the final result, will it prove that the pundits were wrong and that the Gunners are still behind the manager?