We've got the bottle to go all the way, roars Arsenal boss
Published 23:00 14/11/10 By Alan Nixon
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are learning to fight - and will go the distance in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners boss was delighted that his team scrapped for a second straight away win as they keep in the chase for Chelsea.
Wenger knows his side's bottle has often been questioned but he thinks they have found out the hard way that they must mix it to survive.
The Arsenal chief said: "The performance shows that we have got quality football in our team but also fighting spirit.
"You need those ingredients to fight for the championship. It is important that we keep going with those qualities of discipline and commitment, togetherness and desire.
"You can't come to Everton without that or you will not get points. We have had two very difficult away games and got six points. We are getting a lot of encouragement with the way we are focusing."
Arsenal went ahead through Bacary Sagna's first goal since March 2008 and were clear when Cesc Fabregas ended a slick move just after half-time.
Fabregas was booked for a late challenge on Sylvain Distin - although the tackle was not as bad as his lunge on Wolves's Stephen Ward last week.
Wenger 'did not see' the incident but said: "Every time Cesc goes for the ball it looks like everyone studies it with a microscope."
Everton pulled a late goal back from Tim Cahill while keeper Lukasz Fabianski made some fine late saves when he was finally called on.
Goodison chief David Moyes groaned: "I didn't think there was anything in the game until the first goal. Arsenal weren't great but neither were we.
"The second goal came from a bad mistake. When we threw on the subs we made some chances, if we got our goal earlier who knows?"
Moyes revealed he took off Johnny Heitinga at half-time because he had been booked by ref Howard Webb and feared he was 'one tackle' from a red off the official who dismissed him in the World Cup final.
Meanwhile Wenger revealed unhappy striker Nicklas Bendtner was injured and not axed from the squad after he complained about his lack of first team chances.
And Wenger wants to keep the Dane as he added: "I like him as a player and a person even if I don't agree necessarily with all of his statements."