Carl Jenkinson has admitted that the last five minutes of the north London derby were “more of a war than a football match”.
Arsenal played outstandingly in the first half and took the lead through Olivier Giroud’s 22nd-minute near-post finish.
However, Tottenham came back strongly after the restart and laid siege to the Gunners’ goal in the closing stages - but Arsène Wenger’s men held on for the three points.
Everyone fought and everyone pulled together. The last five minutes was more of a war than a football match. We came out on top and I'm buzzingCarl Jenkinson
“It's fantastic to get a result like that,” Jenkinson said. “The performance from the boys and the way we've bounced back from the opening day of the season is fantastic. I'm over the moon.
“We had to protect our lead [at the end] and I guess that was always going to be the case. In the last five minutes, they were going to chuck everyone forward and the last five minutes really showed the grit and determination in this squad to succeed.
“Everyone fought and everyone pulled together. The last five minutes was more of a war than a football match. We came out on top and I'm buzzing.”
Jenkinson was included in the starting XI after Bacary Sagna was taken ill and he feels the team proved a point to their critics.
“[I found out I was playing] about 45 minutes before the game. That was different but Bac wasn't very well,” he said. “You've got to be ready for when you're called upon and that was me.
“It's such a big game for us, the fans and for everyone associated with the Club. I think we could have won by a few more if it wasn't for their goalkeeper, who was outstanding.
“In the overall game, we were definitely the better side. We created more chances and we won it. They've spent a lot of money, we know that but at the end of the day, we did the job that we needed to do and came out on top. Long may that continue.
“I think [we did prove a point]. Of course there's been a lot of talk around Spurs and the money they've spent and the players they've brought in.
“We just needed to focus on ourselves and go out and show what good players we have and how we can play when we're on top of our game. I think we did that today.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 1 Sep 2013