“We started well for the first 25 minutes and when they equalised we were wobbling with confidence and struggling,” Wenger told reporters. “At half-time we regrouped and the second half was all us. I’ve seen a few games over the weekend and Sunderland, of all the teams I’ve seen away from home, were 100 per cent committed."
After having lost in the north London derby against Tottenham in its last outing, Arsenal responded by grinding out a hard earned victory against Steve Bruce’s well-drilled side.
Strikes from Robin van Persie bookended the encounter as Sebastian Larsson’s equalizer threatened to secure a point for the Black Cats. For Wenger, the result was evidence of a resilience that has proved elusive in the opening weeks of the season.
“We have now won five games on the trot at home and I believe that the attitude and spirit of the team is great," he continued. “They want to improve. They were given a tough time and had a good response. The motivation is there, the quality is there and we will slowly get there.”