On the overall performance of his side…
“We gave everything for 90 minutes and I believe we restricted them to nothing. We had 70 per cent of the possession but we have produced a great defensive team display, showed great desire until the last minute but they defended very well.

“We lacked some creativity in the final third, the final pass and from some set pieces. They were very strong in defence I must say with James Collins and Matthew Upson and that’s why we couldn’t score.

“I can’t fault the spirit but I believe as well that we lost a bit of sharpness from playing on Sunday at Cardiff, on Wednesday a very physical game at Everton and maybe that was why we lacked a bit of sharpness to score.”

On the pairing of William Gallas and Kolo Toure in defence…
“It can happen. We rotate it and we have to because we play Tuesday night and I might play [Johan] Djourou again. I am very happy with him as well. It depends on who we play against as well and I’m happy with our defensive unit, their performances and my central defenders especially today.”

On the injuries to Emmanuel Eboue and Abou Diaby
“Diaby looks quite serious but he got a yellow card today that rules him out of the Tottenham game, for Tuesday night he is injured anyway. He got a big knock on his thigh, he had one in the first half and another one in the second half. Eboue is the same.”

On the decision to leave Robin van Persie on the bench…
“[the thinking was] Not to get him injured. We have to be cautious with him because we have played three games in six days and he played absolutely every minute. He had some bad experiences when we pushed it a little bit too far playing on Sunday and Wednesday.”

On the fans’ frustration…
“I can understand. I know the fans want to win all the games and I accept that maybe the fans aren’t happy. It was a London derby if you imagine that they are 10 points ahead in the championship and we draw 0-0, nobody would’ve found this game absolutely scandalous. I feel the attitude of the team was right we cannot question the commitment. We have to give credit to West Ham as well, they defended very well; they came to defend and defend and defend and they did that.

“I am not frustrated because I believe the good thing about the game is that any problem the opponents gives to you, you can use that as a way to improve and find a solution. Today we couldn’t but I believe it can make us better if we can find a chance to open defences up and punish the team who defend like this.”

On the ongoing Andrei Arshavin saga…
“[Will something happen?] Maybe or maybe not but it doesn’t worry me too much I must say. Don’t forget that we have some other players that can unlock defences like [Cesc] Fabregas, like [Theo] Walcott and like [Tomas] Rosicky who aren’t available at the moment but could be in the next few months.

“We are not far away but now we have a bit of time now the game is over until Tuesday night. Monday night is the deadline so we’ll see what can be done in 24 hours. With the experience I have, anything can happen in a transfer.”

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