Arsene Wenger spoke with pride after watching his side steal three late points at Villa Park.
A late Yossi Benayoun header saw the Gunners put to bed any hangover from Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City and build momentum ahead of two further festive fixtures at the Emirates.
Reflecting on the result, the boss told Sky Sports News: “The draw was maybe fair, but we kept going and took our chances when we had opportunities.
“You have to give credit to Villa tonight, for me they had an outstanding commitment. They are quality and are a good side when they play with that level of commitment and attitude.
“They can beat anybody and we needed to be resilient to win the game. Our formidable spirit got us through.
“Yossi Benayoun got us [a goal] from a corner. That’s unusual for us, but it’s three important points. We are of course very happy.
“I must say as well we had two difficult away games over Christmas to City and Villa. Here for us Villa is always a difficult side and got three big points.”
Asked how tired his side were after Sunday’s trip to the Etihad Stadium, Wenger continued:
“Mentally and physically we had to give absolutely everything on Sunday because we chased the game. You could see that some legs were tired tonight.”
Further post-match reaction available via Arsenal.com.