On the open nature of the game…
“I think at times it was a bit too open. When you’ve got people like Fran Merida and Mark Randall, Amaury Bischoff and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, I think it’s going to be quite open at times. They have to learn the other side of the game. But we had a talk at half time and in the second half we were a lot tighter.

“I was pleased with them overall. I thought there were one or two individual errors that let West Brom in but I thought we created good chances through good football.

On staying focused until the end of the season…
“We never peter out or wind down at this stage of the season. I have said to them earlier that there are three games and the manager might just give one or two of them a go. There are places up for grabs this season and also there are managers in the stand looking for people on loan – their next stage of development – so they have got everything to play for.”

On Fran Merida’s first goal for two seasons…
“He has made a good run from midfield onto a good pass from Jay and he’s put it away well.”

On the performance of Vito Mannone…
“Vito’s done well tonight and I think the whole back four did well tonight. I think we let them in with a little bit of sloppiness in our passing but overall I think we did well.”
 
On debutant Ignasi Miquel

“I think he has done well tonight. He is only 16 years of age and he’s played alongside Kyle [Bartley] who has done very well - I am pleased for him. It was a tough test for him against those strikers but that is what you expect when you come to Arsenal and you face good players. But it has been great for him.”

On facing West Brom against on Monday…

“I expect a similar game to today; a strong side who want to play football on the floor. It will be a big test for us.”

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