By Chris Harris

Arsenal's players proved themselves on Saturday, according to Arsène Wenger.

A hat-trick from Robin van Persie and further goals from Andre Santos and Theo Walcott secured a stunning 5-3 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal's squad celebrated long and loud in front of their fans after the game.

Wenger believes that the nature of the victory - and the identity of Arsenal's opponents - were responsible for that public outpouring of joy.

"It was their first big win together," he said. "In their heads certainly there was some uncertainty about whether they could win a big game.

"When they celebrate, at the time you just want them to be happy. There is a need for us to communicate with our fans again and that was a good chance, we wanted that.

"After that, we must remember that we have won nothing. So we must use Saturday's win as a springboard to go further towards our target. The players know that and we have more experience now than we have had in the last five or six years."

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31 Oct 2011