Arsene Wenger is delighted with the way Arsenal have bounced back from the hurt of losing at home to Chelsea after they moved back into the top three of the Barclays Premier league with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull on Saturday.
Arsenal have gone four league games unbeaten since they were defeated 3-0 by their London rivals at the end of last month. The Arsenal boss has been boosted by the return of strong players like Abou Diaby and Denilson, who were both on the scoresheet against the Tigers.
"Diaby was out for a while, Denilson was out for a while too so we were a bit shorter physically in midfield but now they are there again," said Wenger.
"Don't forget that these players are 22 now, and at 21 or 22 you start to be a man.
"When you are younger, it's hard to stand up against a man but when you are that bit older you start to do that.
"It certainly hurt the players when they were criticised after the Chelsea game, when you're a professional footballer and you want to reach the top, it always hurts.
"Every team appears to be having blips this season but the team which keeps going, keeps believing has a chance. It makes me proud after the Chelsea game that we didn't give up.
"It did hurt, when you look on TV and see people say that it was men against boys then it does hurt, but they kept going, kept fighting and that's good."
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