Throughout Arsenal’s 11-match winning run, doubters were saying “wait until they play a good side.”
Well, Arsenal did just that on Saturday evening in the form of Liverpool - and they passed the test.
While the Gunners have now drawn their last two Premier League matches, they’ve probably gained just as many positives in their draws with Crystal Palace and Liverpool recently than their 11 wins in a row.
Unai Emery’s side fought back from a goal down to earn a point at the Emirates against unbeaten Liverpool - and they even had the chances to win the game.
While a draw at home isn’t a groundbreaking result, you just got the impression it was the sort of match Arsenal would have lost in previous years.
The fans inside the stadium never gave up and the attitude from the players was noticeable - even those that didn’t play.
Stephen Lichtsteiner was an unused substitute but that didn’t mean he just sat on the bench for 90 minutes.
Instead, Arsenal fans have noticed he was out of the technical area, handing out water bottles and even gave a coat to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was substituted.
ARSENAL FANS LOVED IT
That’s the sort of experienced leader Arsenal knew they were signing in the form of Lichtsteiner.
The 34-year-old was never going to challenge Hector Bellerin for the right-back slot but Emery brought him in due to his wealth of experience.
After snapping him up on a free transfer, Emery admitted that it was the Swiss international’s “experience” and “leadership” that appealed to him.
“Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad,” said Emery.
“He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude.
“Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”
And with those two small gestures against Liverpool, Lichtsteiner showed Arsenal fans exactly why he was brought to the club.