Mathieu Flamini, unsurprisingly, says this Arsenal team are ready to fight for trophies this season.
The combative Frenchman has added some vigour and steel to the Arsenal midfield since his re-arrival on a free transfer, and he says that the days of the team being too soft are a thing of the past.
“What you need in any Arsenal side is the fighting spirit and you can see we now have that,” he told the Daily Star.
“Perhaps the physicality has been missing a bit in the past few years. But if you want to win leagues and cups, sometimes you have to fight for it, especially when you are playing in the hardest league in the world.”
The former AC Milan man also believes that this season’s Arsenal have managed to combine a potent offence with a solid defence, and that could be what brings silverware back home.
“We have a very good offensive team but it is so important to be strong defensively as that could make the difference at the end of the season,” he said.
“You have to go to places like Newcastle and be prepared to fight before playing your football. Only by doing that can you win. Picking up three points to return to the top of the league was a fantastic feeling. The team spirit was amazing and there was so much fight.
“We know this is a marathon, a long burner. We have to stay very focused and work as hard as we did at Newcastle. That’s all we can do.”