After just 28 minutes of our clash with Chelsea, things looked ominous.

A man down after a harsh decision by both referee and VAR and a goal down after giving away a penalty, hope was pretty slim for us to take anything away from the game.

Not to mention we were away from home against a London rival who were ten points above us in the table.

Throw all that into the mix and then consider that we clawed our way back into the game thanks to a brilliant moment of solo magic from teenage sensation Gabriel Martinelli only to go a goal down again with less than ten minutes to go?

That would have seen our team fold in normal circumstances. In fact, we would never have had grabbed a lifeline in the first place without the changes Mikel Arteta has brought to the club.

With just minutes left, we once again dragged our way back into the match thanks to our captain Hector Bellerin, who produced a fine finish to give us a point when it seemed we were destined to fall foul to a late goal to Chelsea again.

This is the same Hector Bellerin who has missed the majority of the season and this was his first match for two months.

Chelsea had the majority of possession. This goes against the philosophy of Arteta, who wants us to dictate the flow of the game through the ball and how we move it. He wants us on the front foot but his first task was to restore confidence. We needed that in spades to come back from the position we were in.

Granit Xhaka filled in at centre back and was a one-man wall. Every player was singing from the same hymn sheet and fought valiantly to earn that point. It was yet another draw but when was the last time a draw left us so optimistic?

Arteta has got this team fighting, facing the same direction. This is the first step. We can see progress, that has to be enough for now and the rest will come soon.