Arsenal won 3-1 against Stoke at Emirates Stadium on Sunday as Robin van Persie leapt off the bench to seal all three points with a brace.

After the game boss Arsène Wenger offered his thoughts on the match. You can either watch the video in the top right corner of this story or read below for the transcript.

on the victory against Stoke…
I feel we had a very spirited performance and that our quality is very strong. As a team we defended much better than a few months ago. We were very strong defensively and overall I am pleased. You can see as well that the supporters are getting behind the team because they feel we are playing with the right attitude and spirit. That is very positive.

on not going into half time ahead…

I was angry because I felt the free-kick was not deserved. But after that you have to give credit to Stoke I must say. They caught us by surprise - you expect them to hit the box directly and they didn't. We were a bit guilty of a lack of focus and concentration from that free-kick and Stoke know how to make the maximum from the minimum. That is why they are a force in English football.

on Robin van Persie...

Who would have a doubt [that he is one of the best players in the world]? I believe that of course he was very efficient when he came on. Straight away his movement and his quality makes a difference. He was a bit on the edge muscular-wise so we didn't want to take a gamble with him. Gervinho as well had a very lively game today. If it was possible [not to use Robin] yes, but we had to. He was not injured but because he has played so many games recently he was tight on the muscular side of his leg so we thought it could be a danger playing him today.

on confidence growing…

I think especially the team's defence - there is a unity in the squad. We know we have quality so that allows the confidence to grow again.

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