...on the performance
"Yes, we can score goals, we scored three at Wigan and three today. Blackburn played very well you know, and I feel in the middle of the park especially they were very strong, and closed us down very well. The finishing quality between the teams made the difference today I think. We were always in front, maybe didn't need to come out into second gear, but as well I must say Blackburn stopped us from doing that."

...on the emergence of Van Persie
"He's a great finisher, he has gained confidence, he has gained physical power, and he has gained that kind of charisma that you feel on the pitch, you know, has the ability to score. And at the moment his confidence is high, and it's very good for us to know we have a player who can score goals, and with the number of players who can score that is great."

...on Thierry Henry's 100th League goal at Highbury
"The records witness his outstanding quality. I played a few games and never scored 100 goals, not even on different grounds. But this is his garden here and he feels completely at ease. You know when he walks on the pitch here that he will score a goal. The quality of his goal was great, with the quality of the pass from Robert Pires and the timing of his finishing."

...on Robbie Savage's tangle with Jose Antonio Reyes
"He went a little bit overboard. He was maybe touched by Reyes but I don't think he was hit really. He made more of it than it was."

Wenger on...the game
"It was a frustrating match. It was difficult to play football and we couldn't get into our game. Credit to Everton they battled very hard and made a physical combat of it. Once we were 1-0 behind it became difficult."

Wenger on...chances created
"We can have a lot of regrets on the goal that we conceded, and it was important not concede the first goal to go behind it a game like that. We tried to come back but didn't create a lot, we were much more on top of the game but did not create enough chances."

Wenger on...being more attacking
"We played with Reyes as a second striker in the second half. We had Pires, Fabregas and Ljungberg - they are all offensive. It is difficult to play with more offensive players than we did."

Wenger on...defending
"The first half was difficult for our defenders because we had the sunshine to contend with and a lot of long balls from Everton. The sun was in our eyes and many times it looked as if our defenders not to have seen the ball or seen it late."

Wenger on...the red card
"Fabregas pushed and the referee gave him the red card. It is the rule but he was very lenient on Cahill."

Wenger on...chasing a Champions League spot
"I am worried that we can't get our results right away form home. At home we look alright. But, away from home, we face the same game always and we have not found a convincing response to what we face. We need to muscle our team to get away with it."

Arsène Wenger

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25 Nov 2005