Scottish midfielder reflects on difference between Sunday and two years ago
Improvement since then has been visible and highly praised from outside and within the club, with manager Roberto Martinez beaming with appreciation for his teams efforts.
Midfield dynamo James McArthur could not agree more.
“When you look at what happened against Chelsea here two seasons ago, it just shows you how far we’ve come since then.
“Going two behind so early might have made people think here we go again but, we showed great mental strength and put them under pressure for the majority of the game.
“We fought hard to get back in it and I thought we were the better team for 70 minutes.
“It was just so frustrating that we didn’t get anything from the game.”
McArthur himself has been battling for fitness over the summer and was pleased to be back on the pitch despite having to come off with 10 minutes to go.
“I came off with a little twinge in my back again but, fitness wise I felt ok because I thought it would be a bit harder.
“The work I did in the gym and swimming pool earlier in the week really helped me through.
“There are plenty of positives and everyone who came on looked really good.
“The subs came on and played their part which just goes to show how much competition we’ve got in the squad.”
The next game for Latics is away at Barlcays Premier League new boys Southampton who themselves will be buoyant after a positive display against Manchester City but, McArthur said that the team will be well equipped for the next test.
“They’re going to be raring to go and we know what we need to do because we played all three promoted teams in a row last season and we know that they’re going to come out all guns blazing.
“We need to impose ourselves on every game because with our style of play it helps to stop other teams controlling the match.”