Abou Diaby wants Arsenal to take the character shown in last weekend’s win against Sunderland into the remainder of the season.

Arsène Wenger’s side triumphed at the Stadium of Light despite playing the majority of the second half with only 10 men after Carl Jenkinson was sent off.

Now Diaby is urging the team to take the right blend of spirit and attacking flair into every game.

“We were very pleased because I think this game [at Sunderland] was a mixture of technicality, good passing and character,” he told Arsenal Player. “We showed that when you join those elements in the game, it makes a big difference.

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“It’s really important to show our character to our opponents. As soon as they know that they will play against us, they know that we play well but we also have character, which is really important.

“We were all happy because we really fought to win this game and to keep the score. I think we could have scored as well to kill the game. That will be even better. We won at the end, so we’re really happy and we need to keep this strength.”

Copyright 2014 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 Nik Brumsack 15 Feb 2013