On the 2-0 defeat...
"You have to congratulate Chelsea. We didn't get a demonstration of football but they were efficient and, at the end of the day, that is what has made the difference. I believe the first goal contributed highly to our defeat and that is where we were guilty today. Apart from that we had a great spirit and a great attitude. We couldn't come back to 2-1 and couldn't get them wobbling. They defended very well and on one or two occasions I believe we were a little bit unlucky with one or two decisions from the referee. We had mountains of possession and couldn't transform it into goals. As long as you don't come back to 2-1 it is difficult."

On Chelsea's tackling...
"I am not unhappy with their challenges. The referee is on the pitch to make the rules respected and that is his job. What I mean is today we had 70 per cent of possession of the ball so we were not running after the ball for 90 minutes. We were not in a position where we were dominated. We were always in an attacking position and then you have to risk everything going forward and of course they are good on counter attacks. I believe that our spirit was great, our performance was great but in a big game like that when you are 2-0 down you demand too much."

On Arsenal's performance...
"I am completely happy with our performance and the spirit we have shown. For me, as much as we didn't turn up against Manchester United, today we had the expected performance. We were still a bit uncertain at the start of the game. When you went into it we were completely dominant. That's how I explain that we conceded the first corner. Incidentally I would like to check if before the corner it was a free-kick for Chelsea, I would like to see that.

"I always thought we would come back, I always had that feeling today. But you have to give them credit, they defended very well, they are very experienced at the back. They make the foul at the right time when they are caught on the counter-attack. The little push with the shirt, it is not enough to get a yellow card. They have a lot of tricks of a very experienced team and they do that very well. Overall we tried very hard today and the team gave absolutely everything. Sometimes when you lose you have to acknowledge that with your team."

On Didier Drogba's goalscoring record against Arsenal...
"Drogba has respected his record today, unfortunately for us."

On Nicklas Bendtner's penalty appeal in the second half...
"Bendtner is adamant that it was 100 per cent a penalty. Usually one of his big qualities is that he is honest. The referee had a good position but I suppose he didn't see it. That can happen."

On Chelsea's age compared to Arsenal's...
"They are more experienced They are 29, we are 23."

On the title race...
"I feel that we are not in the best position but we will not give up. We were a bit unfortunate as well in the same period to play Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool on the trot. If you lose one game if is very difficult with the psychological implications for the next game. I believe that is a little bit of a disadvantage."

On if the Liverpool game on Wednesday night is now a must-win...
"I have never seen somebody tell me it is a must-lose. It is vital of course. It was vital today but we still lost."

On why his side had problems shooting despite their possession...
"Today I give credit to Chelsea for their defending. They had always the guy who came back in the box. They didn't make silly mistakes. They have fantastic defenders and I believe many times they were out of position and managed to get back, especially one situation with Nasri in the second half and another with Bendtner."

On if John Terry was out to prove a point...
"I believe John Terry wants to win when he plays football and he is strong enough to make the difference between what is happening on the pitch. Sometimes for people football can be a diversion of what is happening off the field. I had some players when they have had private problems have been even stronger on the pitch because they have a place where they can come out of it."

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