Arsenal face a tough test of their title credentials as they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton today.

The Gunners have not won away at Everton since 2017, and have lost their last three visits in a row.

Mikel Arteta’s side have not had much luck at his old club in recent years, but something could be different today which could see them earn their first points at Goodison under the Spaniard, according to former Arsenal star Stewart Robson.

Speaking on ESPN, the pundit claimed that a change in Arsenal’s mentality means that they should now have the fight needed to win at Everton, after crumbling under pressure there in recent seasons.

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“I can only see Arsenal doing well in the game and winning the game. I think they’re playing some excellent football at the moment,” he stated.

“I think they’ve got the bit between their teeth, they’ve got a great spirit, even when they’re losing games, or might not be up in games, they can still come and get results in the last few minutes.

“Added on time now goes on for a long time, and Arsenal have got that spirit to go and win games, so I can only see an Arsenal win.”

Arsenal’s mental strength

In previous trips to Everton, Arsenal have succumbed to the pressure of the home crowd and fallen to some gutting defeats after failing to calm their nerves and settle into the game.

Arsenal’s late victory over Manchester United should hopefully given the Gunners a mental boost heading into this match, and new signing Declan Rice will hope he can be a difference-maker in the middle of the park.

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Arteta’s side have played just one away game so far, and Rice was instrumental in helping the team see out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, in a match where they were down to 10 men.

In difficult circumstances, Arsenal had secured victory, and if they can do the same today, it will show that this side has both the quality and the mental fortitude to challenge for the title, and the latter has been lacking in recent years.

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