Wenger on...the performance
"I think we played a good first half. We passed the ball well against a team that was very well organised to stop us from playing. The speed of our passing made the difference. In the second half it was more possession than penetration and therefore it was less attractive to watch."

Wenger on...on Cardiff
"You got a typical cup game. You knew at half time that they will never give up, they will go to the end and try and nick a goal. They got that and the last five minutes were interesting again. We were steady, consistent, and defended well. Especially the centre backs did very well, they were resilient for 90 minutes and kept belief until the last second of the game."

Wenger on...Djourou and Gilbert
"Gilbert played very well, he looks reliable at right back. Djourou was born in 1987, so he will be 19 in 2006. I think he will develop well. He is very comfortable with the ball, has strong character and a strong build. Both of them have a future."

Wenger on...the goals
"The two goals were great goals. The speed of our passing got them out of position. They were good Arsenal goals."

Wenger on...the second half
"In the second half you could see a few times when the crosses came in it was us not being enough in the box, or forcing them to make a mistake. Once we'd dropped our level physically a little bit in the second half we were less penetrative. I feel we played more to keep the ball than to kill them off."

Arsène Wenger

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7 Jan 2006