Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, praised the character of his side as they drew 0-0 in a battle with Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners moved back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table on goal difference as they extended their unbeaten run to four league matches.
The manner of Arsenal’s performance earning the hard-fought point at the Britannia Stadium, generally pleased Wenger, although the manager was frustrated that his side “lacked the final ball” in attack.
“It was an old-fashioned Stoke battle because they made the game very physical.
“The crowd was up for it, the players were up for it and they went for a very direct game and we had to show a physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness.
“They were really up for it, they tried from the first to the last minute and looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result,” he said in his post-match press conference.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said, “I thought we were tested on our capacity to fight, on our capacity to have a great togetherness, to respond and we responded well.
“I’m of course a bit unhappy because we like to score goals and we didn’t score today.
“We maybe lacked the final ball, the creative side of our game. But they made a fight of it and we had to respond.
“Compared to the history we have here, it’s a positive result. Compared to our desire to win the game, it’s not a positive result.
“But overall, compared to the results of all of the other teams who play at the top, it’s still a positive result.
“There’s a charisma in this team, a togetherness that comes out with a fighting attitude,” Wenger added. “[We are] people who really want to do well and that came out again today.
“I’m very proud of that and I think the club should be proud of that.”