Nicklas Bendtner has praised Arsenal's character after his last-gasp goal secured a point against Aston Villa on Saturday.

At the weekend, it looked like Arsène Wenger's side were going to slip to only their second defeat in 50 competitive games at Emirates Stadium.

But Bendtner's goal deep into injury time gave them a point and saw them retain their position on top of the Premier League.

Afterwards the Dane gave his side credit for getting something on a very bad day at the office.

"I thought we did really well," he said. "We kept fighting. It was a difficult game but because we kept going it meant we got what we deserved.

"We always want to fight until the end. That's the way a championship-winning team wants to play and that's what we want to do this season.

"It looked like it was going to be a bad day but it's a 90-minute game so you can score in the last minute as we did. That shows the true character and strength which runs right through the team.

"The season is very long and I'm sure we'll be back to winning ways very quickly now.

"We have been unlucky. Against Birmingham we could have won, against Milan we had chances to have won and against Villa it was a difficult game but we came back."

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3 Mar 2008