Mathieu Flamini believes Arsenal's patience was rewarded in Wednesday's 2-0 win against Cardiff City.
The Gunners had to wait until Nicklas Bendtner's 89th-minute strike to break the deadlock against a stubborn Bluebirds team, before Theo Walcott added a second.
Flamini thinks the team's "fighting spirit and togetherness" helped them to secure the three points.
We play game after game and focus on ourselves, we'll see at the end what happensMathieu Flamini
"When you have opportunity after opportunity and you can't find a goal it's very frustrating,” he told Arsenal Player. “These kind of games are not easy, but we played our football and found the goal so it's positive.
"We have to fight for every point, we have to fight for every goal so it's not easy but once again the team demonstrated great character, fighting spirit and a tough togetherness that is very important.
"The players gave a lot and we knew it was not going to be easy. Cardiff played well, they defended well so it's not easy to find space in defence. We played our football and we tried to find this goal."
Since their defeat to Manchester City in December, Arsenal have taken 10 points from a possible 12 and Flamini admitted it was vital to have a strong Christmas period.
“It was very important for us and also for the fans and for the Club," he said. "Everyone is talking about other clubs but for us it's not a problem, we play game after game and focus on ourselves, we'll see at the end what happens.”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 2 Jan 2014