Theo Walcott says the Arsenal squad’s mental strength is “the strongest it has ever been” in his time at the club.

The England international celebrates 10 years in north London this week and has played a key role as the Gunners have risen to the top of the table.

Arsène Wenger’s side drew 0-0 with Stoke City on Sunday, and while Walcott was disappointed not to get the win, he hailed the team’s resilience.

We just have to look at him because he has been at the top level and won many things so if we have the belief that he has got, we can push on

Walcott on Cech

“All the big teams that have come here have struggled, with Stoke getting positive results,” he said. “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.

“We just have to look at him because he has been at the top level and won many things so if we have the belief that he has got, we can push on.”

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Rob Kelly 18 Jan 2016