Arsenal F.C. have stomach for title fight, says Arsene Wenger

With a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal have renewed hope of a first league title since 2004.

updated: March 17, 2014 12:15 IST
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London: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's hard-fought 1-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham proves they won't crack under the strain of the Premier League title race. Wenger's side have often been accused of lacking the mental strength and physical power to survive the gruelling battle for supremacy at the top of the table.

There has never been any questioning the Gunners' technical ability and that class was clear for all to see as Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky took just 72 seconds to open the scoring at White Hart Lane on Sunday with a sublime half-volley from an acute angle. But Wenger's players spent the remaining 88 minutes engaged in the kind of trench warfare from which they rarely seem to emerge unscathed.

Arsenal centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker subdued fired-up former Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor, while the rest of their team-mates threw themselves into the fray with abandon. "The two centre-backs were exceptional. I think they are one of the best partnerships in the country," Wenger said.

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