It will be a welcome feeling for Arsenal fans this morning to wake up after a positive display from their team.

For all the negatives about the 2020-21 campaign, Mikel Arteta’s side showed grit and determination to defend resolutely and earn themselves a 1-0 victory over London rivals Chelsea.

Emile Smith Rowe’s first half goal gave the Gunners a much-needed win and one that lifts them up into eighth place in the Premier League table.

Speaking after the match, Arteta said: “It’s been a really tough season because we’ve faced something unprecedented in the outside world and in this football club.

“But we put all our passion, our energy, our knowledge and our togetherness to get through any obstacle and try to be as good as we can.”

The Spaniard also hit back at what he felt was an incorrect depiction of his words before the game surrounding the motivation of his players.

With the victory, Arsenal have now given themselves an outside chance of Europa League qualification next season.

And goalscorer Smith Rowe felt it was a huge win that the team desperately needed.

The 20-year-old said: “I feel like it was an important result, and for our season.

“It was really tough, and we had to work hard and dig deep. We worked on [the high press] in training this week, and I feel like we did well to make them make a mistake.

“I think it showed our character, and just how much fight we’ve got in us. We defended really well in patches and after this tough season, it was a good performance.”

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