Martin Keown insists Arsenal ’s performance in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea showed glimpses of the ‘future’.
The Gunners produced a brilliant display of solidarity to come back from a goal down twice despite playing most of the game with 10-men.
David Luiz’s first-half sending off was made doubly worse when Jorginho tucked away the resulting spot-kick.
But Mikel Arteta ’s men came storming back in the second-half when Gabriel Martinelli equalised just after the hour mark.
Chelsea looked like they had won it late on when Cesar Azpilicueta restored their lead but Hector Bellerin equalised again with just three minutes remaining.
Under Arteta there have been signs of a new-look Arsenal side compared with the ones of previous years.
They are looking more solid defensively and more organised all over the pitch under the Spaniard.
And Keown, who watched the game from the BT Sport studio at Stamford Bridge, was complimentary of his former team afterwards.
Martin Keown has praised Arsenal’s new found fighting spirit
“You’re watching that team tonight and you’re seeing the future out there. Martinelli, his goal, the passion, the spirit, we’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Keown told BT Sport.
“Those people are coming back into the football club. Martinelli, that is some performance tonight, Saka and even Xhaka, when he goes to central defence, a makeshift central defender, that’s as good as I’ve seen him play. They’ve shown real character and for most of the game they were down to 10 men.”
Indeed in seasons past the Gunners would likely have capitulated under the intense atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
But they showed again their togetherness and new-found fighting spirit under the new managers.
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