By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger has hailed the “massive mental strength” of Olympic gold double winner Mo Farah.

The Arsenal-supporting long-distance runner made British history with victories in both the 5,000m and 10,000m races at this summer’s London Games.

And Wenger, who welcomed Farah to London Colney last season, was a keen spectator as the 29-year-old defied the odds.

“I was scared for him in the first race, especially in the 10,000m,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “In the second race, the 5,000m, he looked comfortable and never really in trouble tactically.

“But in the first race it is a massive fight to get out there because there are so many runners. I was scared for him a long time that he could not get out. The Ethiopians and Kenyans run together and he was on his own.

“So to win in those kind of circumstances is incredible. I would like to congratulate them all [the Arsenal-supporting medallists] because they made Arsenal proud. They are fantastic athletes and we have a big respect for them.

“To turn up on the day and produce a performance that is expected - that takes massive mental strength.”

Watch the interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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17 Aug 2012