For 45 minutes Mikel Arteta watched a team playing with the kind of style and intensity that, if he has his way, will grace this stadium every other week. He will be dissatisfied that it was Leeds, not Arsenal, who had performed so dazzlingly to that point but by the end it felt like another important hurdle cleared in the life of a rookie manager.

Whatever Arteta said at the break paid dividends, Reiss Nelson’s winner capping a vastly improved performance and his decision to field a strong lineup in a bid to retain the feelgood factor of his early tenure was ultimately vindicated.

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