It was a night to test the durability of the extremities and, also, the strength of Arsenal’s mini-revival. It does not seem so long ago that they were mired in that gruesome slump, unable to buy a victory or even, seemingly, a goal.

The statistics showed they had scored just four in 10 Premier League games up to the defeat at Everton on 19 December but at kick-off here, they could reflect on eight in the previous three – all of them victories.

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