By Matt Fortune
Arsenal's dramatic comeback against Manchester United proved to Arsène Wenger that his young team means business.
Saturday's visitors have emerged as the greatest threat to the Gunners' title bid. But the Arsenal manager believes the response of his players, having twice been behind, will be crucial if they are to prise the Premier League trophy away from Manchester.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman was full of praise for the manner in which the players battled against a well-organised United rearguard.
"It was very significant because you never know what the consequences of a defeat might have been," said Wenger. "It convinces my team that, no matter what kind of circumstances they face, they are capable of finding a solution.
"Resilience isn't the first quality you see when you look at Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky or Hleb. They're more team players who you'd expect to be stronger on the technical side, but they have a lot of character as well.
"It's not a case of us starting well and seeing how long we can last," added the 58-year-old. "They really mean [business]. We have belief and we are ready to fight.
"It is down to maturity, but it's also down to a 'never-give-up' attitude. We don't have the physical impact some bigger players have but we can last in games.
"The conjunction of the technical ability and the stamina we have usually makes a difference in the last few minutes."Copyright 2017 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