Arsene Wenger praised his players for the recent sequence of results that has seen Arsenal unbeaten in their last five out of six games. The Gunners manager has been on record to say that confidence goes quickly and returns slowly, and as Stoke prepare to visit the Emirates for another crucial Premiership fixture, Wenger has seen a gradual turnaround in fortunes after a disastrous start to the season. Of course there remains a long way to go, but for Wenger the form of Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen’s future commitment to north London has added to a new found confidence.