A scoreline of "1-0 to the Arsenal" might look like a return to the George Graham era of a well-drilled defence and clinical forward line, but Mikel Arteta has already shown his intelligence as a manager and is not fooled that this particular ship has been turned around just yet.
Come June it will be seven years since Arsenal's former chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, declared that a new financial era would allow them "to compete at a level like a club such as Bayern Munich", which is exactly the rhetoric that fans want to hear, and those in charge feel an obligation to utter.
There was more than a touch of Thierry Henry about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's match-winning performance against Everton and there was more than a touch of how Henry used to be talked about in the way Mikel Arteta had to deal with questions about his captain afterwards.
Mikel Arteta will have expected mistakes from the Arsenal team of the current era, and he will have anticipated the bad nights against clubs whom they once matched, but he will have hardly dared imagine a team with this capacity to keep coming back again and again.
For all the improvements Arsenal have made under Mikel Arteta, their inability to see a game out remains chronic. They lost a lead here for the third time in his six-game tenure, continuing a theme that has dogged a miserable Premier League campaign and makes a mid-table finish increasingly likely.
Mikel Arteta promised a ruthless approach on and off the pitch when he succeeded Unai Emery and Arsenal's steel was possibly too sharp at stages of their spiky 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. It is something Arteta recognises needs to be tempered.
I must admit my scepticism when Mikel Arteta was touted for big Premier League jobs over the past few fears. It struck me as odd that so many were championing him as a future coach of a club such as Arsenal, given his limited experience.
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