Mathieu Flamini believes Arsenal’s defensive performance at Aston Villa on Monday night was part of “a great team victory”

The Gunners moved into a comfortable lead after goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, before Christian Benteke halved their lead near the end.

It was a tough because they’re a good team and scored their first goal and pushed for the second, but we were strong defensively

Mathieu Flamini

But a disciplined performance at the back shut out the hosts, despite waves of late pressure, and Flamini was pleased with the togetherness the team showed.

“It was an important win and a good win because it came from everyone,” he told Arsenal Player. “We all worked very hard. It was a tough because they’re a good team and scored their first goal and pushed for the second, but we were strong defensively. That was important.

“It is very positive because at the end of the season these games make the difference. We knew everyone was looking at us and maybe hoping that we would drop points, but we were very serious from the start until the end of the game.

“It is important to have both sides, when I say that I mean playing great football like we did in the first half with quick passing, but when you play in the English game you have to fight as well.

“Everyone worked very hard and defended together. It was a great team victory.”

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 Rob Kelly 14 Jan 2014