Arsene Wenger was relieved to see his Arsenal side finally subdue Hull City and secure a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Denilson, Eduardo and Abou Diaby gave the Gunners the points, but only after Manuel Almunia saved a Geovanni penalty with the score at 1-0.
Wenger told his club's official website: "We had to fight. We had problems a little bit at the start because we left a lot of physical strength in our last two games at Liverpool and Burnley.
"It took us some time to get into the game and to find the pace. In the first half we didn't look very fresh, but we got in front and in the second half we scored straight away a second goal and we had plenty of chances after that.
"I believe what was the turning point was that we scored a goal just before half-time and they had to come out in the second half.
"In the first half they played in their half and were well-organised and closed us down. We had to respond physically and we had really a good physical response."