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Arsenal are another side firmly in the title mix following a 1-0 win over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Tomas Rosicky’s early screamer set Arsenal on the way to three points, but the Gunners were not at their swaggering, sizzling best.
What Arsenal did do, though, was show tremendous resilience to keep Spurs at bay—which impressed the Mirror’s Alex Richards.
In his column, Richards heaped praise on Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for their defensive efforts.
For too long—well as long as Arsenal haven't been winning trophies—questions have been asked about the Gunners backbone.
Are they mentally strong enough? Can they do it when their backs are against the wall?
At White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, their defensive pillars, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, gave a resounding answer.
this is an Arsenal side that is seemingly now prepared to compromise their style. If wonderful, technical football won't get a result, then let's look for another way. And that's exactly what they did.
led by the towering Mertesacker and the aggressive Koscielny, they dug their trench, readied themselves on the edge of their penalty area and said 'come on...beat us.'