Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says Arsenal have found a 'fighting spirit' that is helping them overcome challenges they may have previously struggled with.
Arsenal have won games against Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke this season - all tough challenges that required the Gunners to dig in and defend for a large part of the game.
Frenchman Flamini signed for Arsenal on a free transfer from AC Milan in the summer, and his tough-tackling style has been a big boost for the Gunners, who have previously been light in midfield.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, Flamini says he thinks Arsenal have added a new dimension to their game this season:
"I think everyone knew Arsenal have a lot of qualities.
"But this year we are showing we have the fighting spirit, everyone is helping each other and it makes the difference because of course in a season you have some good periods and some difficult periods.
"What is important is to win game after game, work hard and stay focused and to keep going with our great spirit and then we’ll see. Maybe for us there will be a good surprise this season."
Arsenal comfortably defeated Napoli 2-0 in the Champions League this season, with a display more common in the era of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.
Since the opening day loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal have found a new way of playing that overwhelms the opponents in the first few exchanges of the game, with a defensive solidity and composure without the ball.
Arsenal have been happy to concede possession and rely on their positioning a little more this season, whereas previously the Gunners have looked nervous and disorganised in defence. The addition of Flamini has been hailed as a revolution by many Gunners fans.
Arsenal travel to West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday, and will hope to continue their unbeaten record in away games that stretches back to March last year.