Arsene Wenger described Mesut Ozil's stunning winner against Newcastle United as a "gem" after the Gunners got the victory he believes their performances have merited.
Arsenal had failed to win any of their previous three league games but took the lead after 23 minutes on Saturday through a superb Ozil volley from just inside the area.
Subsequent chances to put the game away were wasted, leading to a nervy conclusion to the 1-0 triumph as Newcastle spurned opportunities to level.
Wenger said: "We have created the chances to be comfortable and in the last five minutes we became a bit edgy.
"We didn't make a mistake at the back, you could see that necessity to win was playing a bit on the mind of our players in the end and the fact as well that we could not take our chances, you try to force it too much and to not play with enough freedom."
On Ozil's ultimately decisive goal, he added: "It was a gem to watch. I'm happy for Mesut because that's what you want from him and he took it with decisiveness. It was a fantastic goal."
This win is dedicated to the many young guests at #AFCvNUFC charity matchday. Three icecold points remain at the Emirates today. Thanks for the support, Gooners. @Arsenal #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/sxhgXbKWkl— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 16, 2017
Rafael Benitez's Newcastle have now taken just one point from their last nine games, leaving them in the relegation zone - a point adrift of safety.
Benitez said: "We had our chances. We were pushing and attacking. We had chances to draw. It's a pity. We are learning. In some games we are one goal behind. The players are working hard.
"We knew this could be difficult. Two or three games we could draw or win. We need to be competitive like today and keep going. We are a young team. When you're not winning you lose confidence.
"We have to keep working this way. Try to get a result. In January, try to bring in people.
"The fans know the team will be tough. They also know we need something in January - that will help the current squad."
|Ronaldinho retires – a World Cup and Ballon d´Or among Brazil great´s prizes|
|World Cup glory and Bernabeu magic - Ronaldinho´s best moments for Barca and Brazil|
|Ligue 1 Review: Balotelli at the double as Payet shines and Malcom toils|
|Pato still dreaming of World Cup selection|
|FA Cup Review: Iheanacho makes VAR history, kit confusion reigns|
|2016-17 UEFA Study: PSG, Man City drive record-breaking spending|
|Conte packing in homework as Chelsea games stack up|
|2016-17 UEFA Study: Manchester United record highest revenue but largest debt|
|2016-17 UEFA Study: The headlines in transfers, wages and revenues|
|Iheanacho scores English football´s first VAR goal|
|Materazzi not surprised by Coutinho transfer fee|
|Ronaldinho retires - Brazil and Barca great plans 2018 farewell|
|Koziello swaps Nice for Cologne|
|Simeone ready to unleash Costa and Vitolo alongside Griezmann|
|Lambert ´never thought´ he would return to Premier League|
|Wenger ´very aggressive´ towards referee Dean, says FA report|
|Reported Arsenal target Malcom starts for Bordeaux vs Caen|
|Valverde not making big deal of Dembele´s latest Barca blow|
|Arsenal will have a ´hard time´ signing Malcom|
|Ronaldo and Madrid nominated for Laureus awards|
|Nantes´ Diego Carlos brands Chapron clash ´historic´|
|This is not important - Conte unconcerned if substitutions upset Hazard|
|Conte ´doesn´t think´ Chelsea have pursued Sanchez|
|Emery hints at Neymar return against Dijon|
|Mkhitaryan key to United-Sanchez deal, claims Raiola|
|Tevez: CSL spell was a holiday|
|Mignolet considering Liverpool future|
|Fred waiting for Guardiola call amid Man City speculation|
|Inter confident but patient over Rafinha|
|Giggs had counselling after Old Trafford exit|
|Neville: Mourinho would happily swap Mkhitaryan for Sanchez|
|Man United becoming Pogba´s team – Mourinho|
|Can ´talking with everyone´ but hints at Liverpool stay|
|Mourinho ´not unconfident´ Manchester United will sign Sanchez|
|Pogba warns City that United will not give up the chase|
|Assist king Pogba matches De Bruyne, Sane despite injury and suspension|
|Manchester United 3 Stoke City 0: Valencia, Martial and Lukaku trim gap at the top|
|Shaw feeling on top of his game amid United run|
|Mkhitaryan left out by Manchester United amid Arsenal talk|
|Inter secure Lopez on loan from Benfica|
|Hurst marvels at hat-trick maestro Kane|
|WATCH: Neymar nutmegging for fun in PSG training|
|Nantes´ Carlos has red card overturned after being kicked by referee|
|´Logical´ for Aubameyang to stay at Dortmund, says Stoger|
|Stupid not to - Giggs seeks Fergie´s advice upon taking Wales job|
|Suarez feared Chiellini bite would derail Barca transfer|
|Dortmund sign reported Man United target Akanji|
|Wales confirm Giggs appointment|
|Barcelona´s Dembele out for up to four weeks|
|Struggling Stoke appoint Lambert|
|Referee suspended until further notice after kicking Nantes´ Carlos|
|Coutinho´s ´deserved´ Barca move, says Figo|
|Fatigue the issue for goal-shy Chelsea - Conte|
|West Brom legend Regis dies aged 59|
|Mourinho: I don´t like feuding with managers|
|Puel confident of keeping Mahrez at Leicester|
|Valverde: Real Madrid haven´t given up on LaLiga|
|Ibrahimovic nearing end at top level – Mourinho|
|David is to keep - Mourinho wants new Man United deal for De Gea|
|Nantes president demands ban after referee kicks Carlos|
|Stoger sets out rules for Aubameyang reintegration at Dortmund|