On the 1-1 draw...
"It is a disappointment because we had the game won and we had the chance to score the second goal. I believe the pitch was very difficult to play on and it was a scrappy game. We got slowly on top and played the second half in their half but they defended well and made the game difficult. In the end we got caught."

On Birmingham's equaliser...
"I think first there as an offside and then Almunia deflected the ball into his own goal. But I will have to see it again."

On if he was disappointed to concede late on...
"Of course but football is never finished when two teams fight until the end. We had the chance to score the second and to keep the ball. The last thing you want is a free-kick against you. Instead of going to the corner flag we are confined to their box."

On Cesc Fabregas' injury...
"I don't know medically. We will have to assess that tomorrow. He got tackled at the knee. We tried to take him of at first but after he said he was alright."

On if he will miss the Barcelona game...
"I don't know."

On leaving Nasri and Arshavin on the bench...
"Arshavin had a groin problem and Nasri had a knee problem from the last game."

On where the result leaves Arsenal in the title race...
"It is a big blow for our title, of course. We were in a position where we had to win all our games and not to win today is a big blow to our chances."

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