A first league victory in nearly two months was vital, therefore, to boost Arsenal players' fragile confidence — even if it only lifted them into 14th place.
Premier League: Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang urges young players to be patient for first-team chances
The form of other experienced players like Granit Xhaka and Willian has fallen away leading to calls for young players to be selected by coach Mikel Arteta.
Premier League: From Thiago vs Xhaka to Salah vs Tierney, player battles where Liverpool-Arsenal will be won and lost
The toughest test of what Arsenal can aim for this season comes on Tuesday with a trip to Anfield, where Liverpool have not lost in 60 league games.
Premier League: Arsenal's Granit Xhaka repaying coach Mikel Arteta's faith with remarkable turnaround
Arteta has instilled a new team ethic at Arsenal and Xhaka has clearly bought into it — working tirelessly in front of his defence at Wembley on Saturday to help keep City at bay.
Premier League: Arsenal's injury woes worsen with Gabriel Martinelli ruled out for 'months' due to damaged knee
Arsenal’s injury woes intensified when young forward Gabriel Martinelli was ruled out for “months” by manager Mikel Arteta on Tuesday.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he cannot dwell on Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City as he has to focus on getting his starting lineup ready for their next Premier League game on Saturday after seeing two players injured and one sent off.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz among players spotted in action as Arsenal reopens training ground
France striker Alexandre Lacazette, Brazil defender David Luiz and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka were seen arriving at the Arsenal facility, which is situated 20 miles north of London
Premier League: Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka will stay at the club, confirms manager Mikel Arteta
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has said Granit Xhaka will stay at the club after the Swiss midfielder produced a gritty performance to help his side to a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday.
Premier League: Arsenal's new manager Mikel Arteta says he aims to change 'negativity' between players and supporters
Arsenal sit 11th in the standings, the lowest they have been at the halfway stage of the season in Premier League history, and they have been winless at home in five games since a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the start of October.
Premier League: Arsenal's Granit Xhaka looking to seal Hertha Berlin move in January transfer window, says agent
Xhaka has had a fractured relationship with the fans since he reacted angrily to being booed when he was substituted against Crystal Palace in October
Premier League: Granit Xhaka rebuilding relationship with Arsenal fans, moving in right direction, says new manager Mikel Arteta
Swiss international Xhaka reacted angrily to home supporters booing him as he walked off the pitch in a match against Crystal Palace in October and was subsequently stripped of captaincy by former manager Unai Emery.
Premier League: Unai Emery is second in long line of victims to toxic discourse fermented by Arsenal Fan TV
Arsenal Fan TV has exclusively become the mouthpiece for knee-jerk reactions of match-going fans who demand their penny’s worth with little or no consideration for objectivity
Premier League: Ex-Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira says disgraced midfielder Granit Xhaka deserves 'a lot of respect' amidst outburst
Xhaka reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium and the player has since been left out of the squad.
The backing comes with supporters unrest rising due to poor performances on the pitch and Emery's decision to make Granit Xhaka club captain earlier this season
Premier League: Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka ready to fight for Arsenal place despite being stripped of captaincy
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka has had a fractious relationship with Arsenal supporters since his arrival from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach in 2016
Xhaka reacted angrily to home fans booing him after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium last month and the Switzerland international was stripped of the captaincy as a result
Europa League: Arsenal, Manchester United gunning to make knockout phase as dismal Premier League campaigns continue
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United registered a 1-0 win in Belgrade a fortnight ago and are one of just two clubs yet to concede a goal in the competition
Premier League: Arsenal strip Granit Xhaka of captaincy over outburst; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to take over role
Arsenal manager Unai Emery confirmed on Tuesday that Granit Xhaka has been stripped of the club captaincy after an emotional outburst towards supporters.
Premier League: Liverpool, Manchester City grasp late wins to cap thrilling comebacks; Chelsea moves to third place
Liverpool staged a thrilling fightback to beat Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to Sadio Mane's last-gasp winner, while Manchester City kept in touch with the Premier League leaders after their own escape act in a 2-1 victory against Southampton
Premier League: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola stands with Jurgen Klopp over fixture congestion
Klopp criticised the number of matches Liverpool have to play as he struggles to find a solution to a fixture pile-up that sees their League Cup quarter-final clash with Club World Cup.