Theo Walcott hails Arsenal's strong mentality at Stoke

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has described his side's mental strength as "the strongest it has ever been" in his time at the club.

The Gunners drew 0-0 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium - a ground where they haven't won at in six Premier League attempts - and Walcott praised the team's fighting spirit, as well as the impact summer signing Petr Cech, has had on the dressing room.

"All the big teams that have come here have struggled, with Stoke getting positive results," he told Arsenal's official website.


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"There were mixed emotions in the dressing room, but it is probably a fair result.

"We felt from the start we were up for the fight, physically. It's a shame that we couldn't get the result we desperately wanted but it is an improvement from previous performances here and we have got to be proud of that point.

"The mental strength in our dressing room is the strongest it has ever been. When you have the likes of Petr Cech coming in as well, he only enhances that.

"He has lifted everybody's heads up, saying this is a very good point and that nobody tends to win here."

Arsenal are sitting at the top of the Premier League table, with fans and pundits alike believing they are in with a great chance of winning the title come the end of the season, and whilst a strong mentality is required to finish ahead of the rest in this league, experience is just as vital.

Walcott insists the Gunners have that in Cech and believes the side can profit well from the former Chelsea goalkeeper's experience at winning titles.

He said: "We just have to look at him because he has won many things so if we have the belief that he has got, we can push on."

Walcott is celebrating his tenth year at Arsenal this week and although injuries have often hampered his decade-long stay at the north London club, it would still be fair to say that the Englishman has grown as a player under manager Arsene Wenger.

He has made 322 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, scoring 81 goals and is currently the club's longest-serving player. Of those 81 strikes, three have come in the Premier League this season, while he has also been on hand to provide two assists.

Walcott has also managed to win two FA Cup and Community Shield titles in his time at the club.

The Englishman will be hoping to add another winner's medal to his current collection, only this season, it will be the Premier League he has his eyes firmly set on.

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