By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes his side are answering the critics with their recent defensive improvements.

Arsenal have won six of their last seven fixtures in all competitions and one of the features of their last two victories – over Marseille and Stoke – has been the scarcity of chances they’ve allowed the opposition.

“We look more stable defensively and that is good news because we have been questioned a lot in that department,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “If you look at the last games and the chances we gave away you would say we look much stronger defensively.

“We are consistent with our attitude and our motivational level. The spirit of our team is very good and the quality of our play grows from game to game.

 “You know before you play against Stoke you could concede one chance and one goal. They are a very efficient team, especially on set-pieces. Overall I felt we coped well with the problems that Stoke usually give us.”

The Gunners made it back-to-back Premier League wins against the Potters, to lift themselves up to seventh in the table. After a difficult start to the season Wenger believes his team are beginning to turn the corner but the manager always felt that it was only a matter of time.

“People forget that we had to restart the team to a degree,” he said. “Yesterday you had Mertesacker, Santos, Arteta, Gervinho and Ramsey who didn't play last year coming back - you need to reshape the team and get used to playing together.

“I believe that the consciousness of the team discipline is much better now.”

The full interview with the boss is now available on Arsenal Player.

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24 Oct 2011