Arsenal’s mental strength impresses Wenger

Date published: Sunday 8th November 2015 7:00

Kieran Gibbs: Left-back has ability to score more says Wenger

Arsene Wenger was impressed by Arsenal’s resolve as his side came back from a goal down to rescue a point against Tottenham.

England striker Harry Kane had given Spurs a half-time lead at the Emirates, but a rare Kieran Gibbs goal ensured the north London derby ended 1-1.

And Wenger praised his players’ attitude after the Gunners were under on the back foot for large periods of the encounter.

“In the second half we showed the mental strength of a side determined not to lose the game. In the end I think it’s a good 1-1,” the Frenchman said.

“What this championship shows is that you have to fight 200% in every game for a result, you’ve seen that in all the games today. It shows it will be down to the team that can find the mental resource in every game.”

Left-back Gibbs bundled the ball home at the back post to notch only his second goal for the club, but his boss says it is something he has the ability to do on a more regular basis.

“Kieran Gibbs’ movement is good. His timing in the box is good. Sometimes when he gets into a position he doesn’t believe he can score,” Wenger added.

Arsenal would have gone top of the Premier League with a victory after Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, but remain second on goal difference.

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