Arsene Wenger was happy with Arsenal’s mental strength after they secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle.
The Gunners opened up a two-point gap at the top of the Premier League thanks to Laurent Koscielny’s winner, making it five wins in their last six league games.
“It was hard work, but we prepared ourselves mentally,” Wenger said. “We were not at our best but we had to dig deep and we can do that when needed.
“If you are down there then those are the matches you lose but they will not stay down there – they are a good team.
“It was about solidarity, tired legs and taking a chance from a set piece. We were not at our best today, but over Christmas in four games we took nine points so we can look back and say we did 75% of our job as we lost at Southampton.”
Wenger took time to discuss Arsenal’s January transfer window business, adding, when asked whether his side would sign anyone: “Imminent, no, but we will look.”