Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken of his pleasure at the way in which his team gained all three points at Sunderland on Saturday.
The 3-1 win lifted Arsenal to the top of the league temporarily having won all three games since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa.
Two goals from Aaron Ramsey and another Olivier Giroud strike sealed the win and Wenger was pleased to see there's more to his team than fancy football.
The Frenchman told Arsenal Player: "We have seen another aspect of our game - that is mental resources and [the ability to] dig a victory out. It was a very important win for us."
Arsenal had taken the lead when record signing Mesut Ozil, making his debut after his £42million move from Real Madrid, picked out Giroud. However, the hosts pulled level shortly after half-time through a Craig Gardner penalty but the Gunners responded well, to the delight of their manager.
Wenger said: "In the first half I felt that we played outstandingly well but we didn't take our chances. And then five minutes into the second half it was 1-1 and it was backs to the wall a little bit because we dropped physically."
A lengthy injury list makes Arsenal's position at the top of the league even more impressive and Wenger was eager to praise his players, saying: "We play without fear, with confidence, with desire to dictate the game and that's the main reason.
"The quality of our collective play is very good, we can keep the ball and that's very important away from home."
Next up for the north London side is a trip to Marseille on Wednesday as the group stages of the Champions League gets underway.
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