on the performance...
"Overall I must say it's a great performance from such a young team to come here and win, against a side which in my opinion is a very good one."

on the risk of fielding such a young side...
"I was worried that it wouldn't work well and that confidence would drop [as a result]. I want to use this competition to give my young players experience and to go out in the First Round would not have been good for us. I felt we were rock solid in the centre of defence and that helped a lot tonight because a lot went through there."

on seeing young players come though...
"It is maybe one of the greatest satisfactions a manager can get. I feel a lot that youth is criticised but I must say I have boys who want to be successful in life and want to achieve something, and it's fantastic to help them to do that. I have plenty of boys who have a fantastic spirit and you could see that again tonight. It's a great pleasure when you can help people who want to be successful."

on Denilson's debut and whether he'll be given regular first-team opportunities...
"I felt he had a great game. He's just 18 and he had a tremendous presence and a tremendous engine. I felt he did extremely well. I look to fast track all of my young players but I can only play 11 and the ones who play already in the first-team are not too bad you know."

on two-goal striker Jeremie Aliadiere...
"He has been extremely dangerous tonight. I like the way he played. He was very mobile and very quick. Quick with the ball and quick off the ball as well. He lacked a bit of competition, and you could see that in the last 20 minutes, but in the first hour he was tremendous."

on why the Frenchman has struggled to break into the first-team...
"He's had consistent problems with injuries. Every time he was very close [to breaking through] he had a big injury. Now is the first time since I've had him that he hasn't been bothered by a problem since the start of the season, and you've seen what a player he is."

on the performance of whizzkid 'winger' Theo Walcott...
"I'm happy to give him a whole game. He was very dangerous. We could break with pace with him, Aliadiere and [Armand] Traore [on the pitch]. I feel we must let him first play on the wing, then he will go in the centre later. I like to develop a player on the wing a little bit because he has to dribble, and later that will be an asset when he plays in the centre."

9/2 - Arsenal to win the 2006/07 Barclays Premiership Title

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