Thomas Vermaelen says a major factor behind Arsenal’s success this season is their determination to fight for results.

The Gunners head into Saturday’s game against Fulham with a one-point advantage at the top of the table after beating Aston Villa on Monday.

I think one big characteristic of the team is to fight for it when you have to, and at the moment we're doing it really well

Thomas Vermaelen

Arsène Wenger’s side had to withstand a late flurry of pressure from the hosts and Vermaelen says they are well-equipped to handle these situations now.

“The first half was good - we scored two good goals in a minute, but the second half was a bit different,” he told Arsenal Player. “But then to show that character at the end of the game was really important and impressive.

“I think it's just [down to] hard work over the years. We've been working on it and, with the discipline and shape of the team, players feel more confident because they've done it before and that makes it more calm.

“I think one big characteristic of the team is to fight for it when you have to, and at the moment we're doing it really well.”

Vermaelen also highlighted the role of Olivier Giroud in tough situations, after the striker scored his second goal in two games.

“He is very important because he can hold the ball really well, he's a very strong player physically and can score goals as well,” he said.

“When you're under pressure sometimes it's good to know that there is somebody up front who you can play a long ball to and he will hold it for you. Then we can move up as a team.”

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 17 Jan 2014