By Nik Brumsack

Arsène Wenger acknowledges that Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup win over Reading was ‘irrational’ and has praised the mentality of his players for battling back to win the game.

Arsenal rallied superbly after going 4-0 down after just 37 minutes at the Madejski Stadium, eventually winning 7-5 after extra time.

Wenger was delighted with the resilience shown by his side, and says mental strength was the key to the comeback.

“It was an irrational game with a good end for us so you like it, and then it's easier to cope with it, the irrationality, than when you lose,” he said.

“As you could see in the cup games [this week], they were typical cup games, and what was very positive was that we kept going until the end and have shown some good mental resources.

“Some players still have heavy legs but hopefully they will have recovered by Saturday. We play Tuesday again so I will consider the global situation - some players will be available maybe more for Tuesday than Saturday.”

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1 Nov 2012