Rio Ferdinand: What I find encouraging about Arsenal
Rio Ferdinand examines Arsenal's new-found resilience in the 2016-17 season
Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal’s new-found resilience is encouraging ahead of their Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
The Gunners managed to salvage a point from their trip to Old Trafford last weekend after substitute Olivier Giroud came off the bench to cancel out Juan Mata’s opener with less than 90 seconds remaining to seal a 1-1 draw for Arsenal against Manchester United.
The north London side managed to preserve their unbeaten record against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night after the hosts came from behind to play out a 2-2 draw with the Ligue 1 holders in their penultimate Champions League group-stage clash.
Arsenal haven’t lost a game in all competitions since a 4-3 defeat by title rivals Liverpool in their opening Premier League fixture of the 2016-17 season at the Emirates Stadium in August.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with PSG on Wednesday night, Ferdinand admitted his surprise at the north London side’s new-found resilience in the current campaign.
“Encouragingly, there does seem to be a lot more resilience about Arsenal this season,” Ferdinand told The London Evening Standard.
“It is a trait I first saw away at PSG. They were totally outplayed and yet came away with a point. The 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday was a similar story.
“This is not something I have associated with Arsenal for a while. Usually, once they fell behind, especially against the better sides, they’d fold. But this is perhaps a sign of a stronger mentality building at Emirates Stadium.”
Wenger’s side will host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.