on the first half...
"We were a bit fortunate maybe that Heskey didn't have a second goal just before half time, but on the other hand Jens saved it, because he touched the ball with his hand. We had a little bit of a difficult start that you have after an international break, the players are not there, they can't get into the game."

on the second...
"The second half we needed more urgency, more drive going forward and that was all in the side. You could feel in the second half we can come back, and as well of course if they had maybe a chance to score a second goal when they wanted a penalty. Was it a penalty or not I don't know, but it was a situation where you can expect anything. There was maybe as well one on the other side."

on yet another comeback...
"We don't decide to put ourselves in that position because our opponents play well, and first of all everybody comes here and starts very well. We have difficulty to start, and then as well I fell that usually the [other] teams drop in the final part of the game. And today don't forget that we have shown great character and resilience and that we had a real go as well. We had six strikers on the pitch at the end of the game, so when we attack we can be dangerous. We had Adebayor, we had Henry, Aliadiere, Rosicky, Baptista and Fabregas, and at the back we had a midfielder - two midfielders, so we played practically with eight players who can bring something going forward. Of course you can lose the game as well but we can score goals."

on Lehmann being suspended for the Carling Cup Final...
"What I don't understand is that Jens Lehmann gets straight away a yellow card on the first time he runs across the goal, but Kirkland did that the whole game. Frankly he was out of it anyway, but I would have preferred him not to be booked because you never know what can happen, you might have injuries and you might need him, you know? If Almunia gets injured, or Poom gets injured, we need him as a keeper, but ideally if all the keepers are available he would not have got booked."

on new injuries...
"It looks like [Djourou] has a broken nose, I think he could play very quickly but I don't know. Cesc Fabregas has a little problem with the knee, I don't know how bad it is."

on suggestions that Mathieu Flamini was offside for the first goal...
"Maybe he was a few inches, yes or no, but we conceded a goal in the Champions League final that was offside and nobody complained about it. If you want these decision completely clear you cannot accuse the referee of doing right or wrong, you need to battle for video assistance. For as long as you don't have video assistance you can't ask that question after every game. Of course maybe it's a little but annoying because this decision has gone for us today, but plenty of these decisions have gone against us, don't worry."

 

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Feb 2007