On the performance...
"I'm happy with the performance of the team and I'm happy with the mental strength we've shown because we were one-nil down with a set piece and we've come back to win. We should have won more comfortably, of course. Overall the performance was spot on, we didn't panic when we were one-nil down and kept going. I think we played well. We really deserved to win this game."

On sealing a Champions League spot...
"Not completely but it's a big step. With a game in hand, of course we want to focus now on our next game. To lose the game today would have put us in a bad situation."

On the mental test...
"I felt it was an interesting case to see how strong we are mentally and how much we believe in the football that we play. I got a quick response because we created chance after chance, we outplayed - in fairness - Bolton with the pace of our passing."

On killing the game off...
"Even at 2-1, you see how we conceded our first goal, there is a free kick and one minute to go and you have not taken our chances, you always fear that it can go for them again and they can get a 2-2. I feel everybody wanted to score and in the end nobody scored - it's always like that when you want it too much, it doesn't happen. I have to watch it very closely on the tape because it looks very strange to me."

On a run of poor results...
"Last week we were in a bad situation, losing here and going to Newcastle, and having to play Bolton of course. But we responded well mentally, with a team you live in a tunnel and sometimes you have to experience - to go down a little bit, to flirt with the hell, to see how much you can deal with that to come up and be stronger. I feel we had a disappointing three or four weeks, and to experience how we would respond to that situation I'm very proud of how the team responded and I respect a lot what they did, the way they behaved in the last few weeks, even if they were the most painful few weeks of the season. Unfortunately you go very quickly to hell and very slowly to heaven!"

On Arsenal's pace and passing...
"I felt our pace was higher, in our passing and we were very mobile, that gave them a big problem. And the fact that our link play was very good in the middle of the park and our midfielders interchanged their positioning very well - in the first half especially - they never knew who to take. Before they got close to us we moved it again and the speed of our passing was a big problem for them."



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