Arsene Wenger: Why I’m happy with Arsenal’s mental resources

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he was pleased how the Gunners came from behind against Spurs

Arsene Wenger has hailed Arsenal’s “great mental resources” after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Visitors Tottenham took the lead before half-time thanks to Harry Kane’s fifth goal in his last three games after the England striker latched onto Danny Rose’s pass and finished past Petr Cech.

Arsenal manager Wenger threw on left-back Kieran Gibbs in a desperate attempt to find an equaliser, and the 26-year-old guided Mesut Ozil’s cross past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with 13 minutes remaining.

And Wenger was pleased with Arsenal’s mental toughness after the Gunners weathered Tottenham’s early dominance before the host pushed for a winner after Gibbs’s equaliser.

“In the second half we balanced it back and I think we showed great mental resources at some points even though at some stage we were at the rupture point,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.

“We did not give up and continued to fight and in the end we got a point. I think even we could have got the three but overall the result is fair.

“We were stronger in the challenges and from then on it was a bit more difficult for them. On set pieces, crosses and free kicks, we created opportunities.

“In the last six league games we have had five wins and one draw and we have shown again that this team has great mental resources, which is quite important for the future.”

Arsenal are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Gunners have won five and drawn one of their last six top-flight games since a 2-0 loss to defending champions Chelsea.

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The north London outfit make the trip to West Bromwich Albion in their next game on 21 November.

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