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Wenger believes Arsenal can keep firing in Premier League title race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced his side now have the required battling qualities to last the distance in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners had to dig deep to hold off the challenge of Everton and close out a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny put the Londoners 2-0 up before Ross Barkley netted for the Toffees.

With Man City drawing against rivals United at Old Trafford yesterday, Arsenal are second on the back of what was a fourth straight Premier League victory.

Wenger feels the way players like Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil followed in line with midfield enforcer Francis Coquelin and centre-half Gabriel shows they have the stomach for the challenges ahead.

"They are all on board, and they have belief," said Wenger. "Cazorla won many balls and blocked many tackles, even Ozil... once you have that, it is not easy to get it, but is shows the belief is there.

"You need to convince players that you have to work hard to win in the Premier League and that you need all 11 to do that. The attitude at the top level is how we improve.

"We learn from defeat and wins - but to learn from wins is more difficult because it is less natural."

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