Date: 18th January 2016 at 6:35pm
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By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Theo Walcott is convinced Arsenal’s mentality is the strongest it has been in a decade – thanks to the influence of Petr Cech.

The long-serving Gunners forward says Cech has imbued the dressing room with new belief due to his trophy-winning experience.

Walcott, who celebrates 10 years as an Arsenal player this week, has never known the team to be so strong mentally.

Speaking in the wake of the team’s goal-less draw at Stoke on Sunday, Walcott said: “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.”

Arsenal ended the weekend top of the Premier League, although they are only above Leicester because of their superior goal difference of three goals.

Red hot: Walcott says the team's mentality is stronger than he has ever known

Red hot: Walcott says the team’s mentality is stronger than he has ever known

Walcott has hailed the team’s growing resilience and believes a point at the Britannia Stadium might come to be regarded as good result

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