I felt the identical perception and want at Emirates Stadium on Sunday that we had at Highbury after I received Premier League titles with Arsenal again within the day.
Right from the beginning, Arsenal’s power was simply unbelievable and so they have been completely relentless in the way in which they stored coming ahead, searching for the victory.
The residence crowd performed an enormous half in that, the identical manner they did once they have been driving us ahead once we received titles below Arsene Wenger.
The chants of ‘Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal’ once they have been chasing a late winner took me proper again to these days, and I discovered it extraordinarily highly effective.
As a participant, you feed off the followers as a lot as they reply to what’s taking place on the pitch, so of course they made a distinction towards United.
Even when issues went fallacious, the followers knew this Arsenal aspect was adequate to win the sport, so that they weren’t anxious about what United would possibly do.
They know what they’re watching and, similar to they used to look at us rock up and all assume ‘proper, let’s win this as fast as we will’ after I performed below Wenger, they know now they’ve one other group that may beat anybody .
That’s their outlook in each sport, residence or away. Against United, whether or not they have been 1-0 down or when it was 2-2 within the final 10 minutes, they wished the victory and stored urging the gamers ahead as a result of they thought they may get it.
The group responded to that – they did not panic, they stored enjoying, and so they discovered a method to win.
Wins like this one will change individuals’s minds
There are actually solely two potential endings to this Premier League season now – both Arsenal or Manchester City will win the title.
The Gunners are 5 factors forward with a sport in hand, which is a giant cushion, however you continue to surprise ‘is it sufficient?’, and never solely as a result of they nonetheless must play City twice.
We are ready to see if City will get up and regain their hearth, whereas in the mean time Arsenal are flying and in such unbelievable kind.
The uncertainty isn’t from the way in which the Gunners are enjoying, it is as a result of this group has by no means received the Premier League earlier than – in distinction to a City aspect going for his or her fifth title in six seasons and, together with Liverpool, have set requirements we now have by no means seen earlier than.
Arsenal are at a distinct stage, the place they’re reaching upwards and nonetheless growing. Even now, with the lead they’ve, nobody is de facto ready to say they are going to win the league with the identical conviction they might if City have been of their place now.
It is outcomes like this victory over an in-kind United group that may change individuals’s minds, and the way in which they bought it was an announcement too – there isn’t a doubt that Arsenal actually caught the attention and their efficiency will resonate all through the sport, together with everybody at Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal can present their tooth within the cup
Teams present how good they’re by successful trophies, not by sending out messages, however it’s video games like Sunday the place you reveal your character and persona, and present your tooth to your rivals too.
When we received the Premier League title in 1997-98, which was proper firstly of the Wenger years, we have been constructing our fame in the identical manner as Arteta’s aspect at the moment are – and we received 10 video games on the bounce between March and May .
We knew we needed to maintain successful, in any other case we’d open the door even barely for United, who we overhauled within the remaining few months of the season.
Arsenal haven’t received something but, and Friday’s FA Cup tie at City is once we are actually going to must see their tooth.
That is a sport that the Gunners should not anticipated to win, regardless that they’re prime of the league and, on present kind, appear like they’re a distinct class.
It’s City who nonetheless go into that sport as favorites, as a result of they’re established as one of the perfect groups on the planet.
If Arsenal can go to Etihad Stadium and win, simply take into consideration what that might do for the group. It’s the right sport for them to play subsequent after their wins over Tottenham and United, and I’m assured they are going to rise to the problem.
Martin Keown was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.