Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini feels that physicality has been missing from the Gunners squad in the last couple of seasons, but now they have a fighting spirit which will see them lift silverware this season.
Arsenal currently top the English Premier League standings with 42 points from 19 games, one point ahead of second place Manchester City.
Flamini is now confident his side can achieve the success they have been lacking over the last couple of seasons, but are aware it will not be easy.
“What you need in any Arsenal side is the fighting spirit and you can see we now have that,” said Flamini.
“Perhaps the physicality has been missing a bit in the past few years.
“But if you want to win leagues and cups, sometimes you have to fight for it, especially when you are playing in the hardest league in the world.
“We have a very good offensive team but it is so important to be strong defensively as that could make the difference at the end of the season.
“You have to go to places like Newcastle and be prepared to fight before playing your football. Only by doing that can you win.
“Picking up three points to return to the top of the league was a fantastic feeling. The team spirit was amazing and there was so much fight.
“Everyone fought for each other and that is what got us through. We are top of the league at half-time and we would have signed up for that at the start of the season.
“We know this is a marathon, a long burner. We have to stay very focused and work as hard as we did at Newcastle. That's all we can do.”
Arsenal are next in action at home to Cardiff City on New Year’s Day.