By Chris Harris

Arsenal's joyous celebrations on Saturday demonstrated their sheer will to win, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Frenchman saw his team come from behind to beat Chelsea 5-3 in arguably the best game of the Premier League season so far. After the final whistle, his players linked arms and ran to the travelling fans stationed in one corner of Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal's glee was obvious and, for Wenger, it was a reminder of their desire.

"The celebrations were important because it shows two things - how much the players want to win and how big the test was for us," he said. "They rely on that desire to win. That is within the squad. That's why I believe we will turn up tomorrow with a good performance."

Arsenal have been described as 'transformed' after stringing together a run of eight wins in nine games but Wenger believed in his team even before then.

"I was always very confident," he said. "I knew that football games lie in detail. We have seen that again on Saturday. It was a big win and it was a very tight game.

"People said the team would fight for relegation and now they say the team is unbeatable but we still have some progress to make. I am positive because I believe in the quality and I see as well among the players that there is a huge desire to focus to improve. We have good solidarity inside the squad so I was always optimistic.

"I believe that to come back into the title race we need much more consistency in our results before we can claim that. We are closer to the Champions League places. The next step is to come back closer to the top four of the league. It's our deep desire but we need some time to get back in a stronger position."

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31 Oct 2011