Wenger: Arsenal becoming mentally strong

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his players are showing signs of a growing mental toughness this season.

The Gunners showed character on Saturday to come back from a goal down against Stoke City and claim a 3-1 victory, and Wenger is convinced it's proof of their improved mental strength.

"It's the sixth time that we are down in the game and come back to win since the start of the season. That's not a coincidence," Wenger said, according to Sky Sports.

"It doesn't happen just because you say 'come on, you have to keep fighting'. That means there is something in the team that is quite strong, but after that, we have to keep the spirit because that can be quite fragile."

Theo Walcott echoed the Frenchman's sentiments and was pleased to see his teammates react positively after a questionable penalty decision was made against them.

"I think we can feel sorry for ourselves in the past and say 'It is not a penalty' but you can't change the decision once it has been made, that's the thing," said Walcott.

"You are going to be annoyed at the time, that's fine, but you have just got to deal with it and we reacted in a positive way."