Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal are starting to show the calmness of champions after finally breaking the resistance of Wigan at the Emirates Stadium to keep up their Barclays Premier League title challenge.
Although Robin van Persie's first hat-trick eventually saw the Gunners move up above Manchester City, who lost at Aston Villa, into second place, for a while it seemed as if it would be another afternoon of frustration.
"The game was greater than the score indicates, and I am very pleased with the team's performance," said the Arsenal manager, whose side take on Ipswich in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Emirates Stadium next week needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit. "We look really up for it and are calm when it is needed."
He added: "We have matured, know when to put the pace high up and when to calm the game down. We won 3-0, missed a penalty and their goalkeeper was still man of the match."