on an eight-goal thriller...
"It is never boring here. You can accuse me of a lot, but not of making it boring and the team played some tremendous football today. Blackburn as well played well, and in the end they were punished a little bit. Maybe too much because Nonda, Bentley and Pederson played well going forward as well. I must say we produced some football that is absolutely amazing to watch."

on targets for this season...
"I told you yesterday that I believe we can achieve something this season, but I think it's down to consistency. We have put a little run together now with Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham, Wigan, Portsmouth, today. It's just how consistent we can be. You see that there's a great spirit in the team, they enjoy to play. Not only do they enjoy to play together, they enjoy to play at a high tempo. That's something amazing and very interesting to watch."

on Blackburn's fightback...
"At 3-2 at some stage we were a little bit exposed, because Jens had to make one or two saves. It could have got them back to 3-3. But maybe sometimes because we were 3-1 we were not cautious enough and our desire to go forward at any cost sometimes can punish us."

on his goal of the day...
"The fifth goal is an amazing goal - the fifth goal is a real Arsenal goal. The sixth is good as well because it was individually Fabregas who passed on the flanks, but the fifth goal was a collective goal. Adebayor plays Fabregas through, who is in a position to shoot and cuts it back for Van Persie."

 

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