Arsène Wenger believes the 2-0 win over Southampton proved that Arsenal are ready to fight for the title.
Saturday's victory stretched the Gunners' lead at the top of the Premier League to four points after Olivier Giroud's brace edged out Mauricio Pochettino's resolute side.
And Wenger was pleased with the focus his team showed in a tight game at Emirates Stadium.
We knew that we were sometimes in trouble and you felt that they were ready to fight for each otherArsène Wenger
"This win shows we are ready for a fight when it didn't go as fluently as we wanted," said Wenger. "That is the most pleasing thing. We were tested by being challenged for every single ball and we responded quite well.
"We always had the focus and I could never feel that we eased off. They made it very difficult for us.
"We could see a good togetherness to help each other out," Wenger added. "We knew that we were sometimes in trouble and you felt that they were ready to fight for each other.
"That is the solidarity level that was needed. It’s very important."Copyright 2015 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