Arsenal news: Theo Walcott insists the Gunners have right mentality to win silverware after Swansea victory

The north London outfit were forced to battle for three points with 10 men

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Theo Walcott has backed Arsenal to finally show the right mentality to win a first Premier League title in over a decade after the 3-2 victory over Swansea City at the Emirates on Saturday.

The north London outfit were forced to battle for three points with 10 men as the Swans, managed by former USA manager Bob Bradley, twice came from behind to narrow the deficit.

Granit Xhaka, the Swiss midfielder signed for £30m from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, was dismissed in the second-half, prompting the Gunners to deliver the kind of spirted display they have seldom been capable of in recent seasons.

Asked if Arsenal now had a new mentality, Walcott said: "The Burnley game, they were very well organised and we found it very difficult. But we all stuck in, showed patience and in time we got the win which was really important.

"Again against Swansea, we had to be diligent, be patient at times... but we still got the win even if it would have been nice to take the ball home on a personal note. But that's not the case.

"The Burnley match was a game where we had to grind it out. This game, when we went down to 10 men, we tend to lose, to be honest. There's some things that are slowly getting better.

"I don't look at the table. I genuinely don't. I feel all we can do is control ourselves and not really hope that other teams get results on our behalf. We can only control ourselves, if we play well we win games and that's all we can do.

"We've been in this situation (top of the table) before. We started off this season before than we have recently. There's always some sort of blip but hopefully we're not going to have that this year.

"With the squad we have, if we keep players fit, with players coming back, then who knows... You can't really call the Premier League this year. It's so unpredictable."

The England forward added: "The most important thing was the three points.

"It was nice to get the goals, I should have scored three but it was more about the three points. I am happy with the goals.

"I'm happy with the general play and defensive play as well perhaps even more than the forward part of my game. I already know how well I can go forward but there's also other bits to do and I've been doing that this season."

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