Arsene Wenger's side secured a 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday evening and are now four points behind league leaders Chelsea who play QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.
Aaron Ramsey, who made his 150th league appearance for the club, found the back of the net in the 12th minute to hand three points to the Gunners and the French man was pleased with his side's performance on the day.
"I’m pleased with the performance because it was a more fighting performance than a fluent performance,” Wenger told the media.
"Many people question us on that side but I would first say that I’m surprised by the quality of Burnley.
"It would be a shame if they go down because they are fantastically well organised, they press very well, they have a great solidarity, they are very fit and I understand now why they took points from the big teams here.
"We had to fight, we had to be combative until the end and we couldn’t score the second goal. Our defenders played well today and won us the three points."
Francis Coquelin maintained his fine form in Arsenal's midfield and Wenger heaped praise on the 23-year-old’s display.
"First of all he’s shown his individual quality winning the ball and passing it quickly, and he’s very strong in the challenges," the Emirates boss explained.
"He also contributes to the balance of the team and that’s very difficult to measure.
"You know that the balance of the team sometimes depends on one player who has some characteristics that the others don’t.
"He looks like he has hugely contributed to that," he added.