An injury depleted Arsenal made hard work of it against a spirited Cardiff City side, but there was rarely any doubt their class would tell.
Even though the breakthrough came via the unlikely source of Nicklas Bendtner late on, such events are becoming routine for the Gunners.
Dating back to their end of season run last season, Arsenal have discovered a penchant for knocking off their opponents with late goals - much to the relief of nervous supporters.
Without star player Mesut Ozil, Arsenal had struggled to break Cardiff down - who were battling to impress prospective new boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, watching from the stands.
Finding a way however is what champions are made of, and Arsenal in winning the game reclaimed their position at the top of the Premier League table from Manchester City who had won at Swansea earlier in the day.
Ozil, watching on after being sidelined with a shoulder injury prior to the Newcastle game, sent out a message on Twitter after the late drama, one which typified the belief inside the Arsenal camp.
2:0 - gunners never give up. Never!!!— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2014
A side continually criticised by observers as having a weak mentality, Arsenal have proved over the festive fixtures they have anything but.
If the necessary reinforcements arrive in January, and Ozil and Ramsey return from injury refreshed, the Gunners may just have the formula required to go on and lift the Premier League trophy in May.