After conceding in the opening moments of each half, Bruce’s side dug in to ensure there was no further damage inflicted by the league leaders.
“We showed a great resilience and the players never gave up on it,” said Bruce.
“It would have been quite easy to down tools and it could have become one of those embarrassing evenings because Arsenal were that good.
“It’s an old cliché, but the one thing you want to do when you go to Arsenal is start well, but they’ve got a wonderful goal in the first couple of minutes and it then becomes a difficult evening.
“We had to see it through in the next 15 minutes and I was pleased to get in at half time at 1-0. Then, low and behold, we’ve done the same in the first couple of minutes of the second half.
“We had to roll up our sleeves and show a bit of resilience otherwise it could have been one of those embarrassing evenings that can happen when Arsenal are playing the way they are. It’s not just their passing, it’s their movement. They’ve got this fantastic fluidity about them and their rotation and movement is very difficult to play against.
“They play with one striker and then they’ve got five others who then make it difficult, plus the icing on the cake with Mesut Ozil who oozes that bit of class.
“Who knows? If we could have come out after half time and the longer it goes at 1-0, we did have four or five opportunities to score late on.
“Overall, it was a difficult evening playing against a very good Arsenal team.”