Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal can take confidence from a strong defensive display against Sunderland on Saturday.
The Gunners finished the game with a midfielder at right back, and a right back at centre-half, in a back four that is unlikely to ever feature again, and the Polish keeper praised the work they put in to protect the one goal lead.
“It was difficult once Carl got sent off,” he said, “and we were playing with a back four that had never played together. But I thought they all did a tremendous job.
“Every ball that was played across, we were the first to clear it, so they deserve a lot of credit for the way we played.
“I think we proved to a lot of people that we have what it takes to be successful because it wasn’t the best game in terms of quality, but we showed everyone the character and desire we have to get a result.”
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is hopeful his team can take confidence from the result as they head into a crucial part of the season.
“With performances like this I think the confidence will come back and that will be useful.
“Now we go into some very big games. We play in the FA Cup on Saturday. On the following Tuesday night we play against Bayern Munich, so you know at the back you will need top-class performances.”4,403 views