On a game of two halves…
"I think it was a very good football game, one where Newcastle played well. They had a very good first half and put us under pressure and could have been in front, of course, with the penalty. They had two or three other good chances. In the second half we kept the tempo high, slowly took over and then won the game in a convincing way. I must say as well Newcastle were unfortunate to lose players, like Sebastien Bassong and Steven Taylor, at the wrong period of the game."

On the day's other results…
"It was a good opportunity today, to close in on those at the top. You never know, even in a one in a billion chance, we want to come back and fight to get as close to the team at the top."

On being 16 games unbeaten…
"We feel that we are on a very good run and improving in every game. This is a young side and the spirit is great, the quality is there and we feel we can go forward from game to game. People don’t realise how young we are in the Premier League, and what we achieve. I think today you had six or seven players between 20 and 22-years of age."

On Manuel Almunia's penalty save…
"That was certainly an important part of the game. I felt, though, that when the penalty was given, that Rome would help him; it made him feel strong on penalties. Of course it is a bit of a toss up, but I think some part of a penalty is psychological. On that front, the fact he helped us to win in Rome gave him the needed confidence."

On Newcastle's forward line…
"Yes [I was surprised they left Michael Owen out]. But I read that this morning that he would not play. Maybe he is not in top physical form. I must say [Obafemi] Martins and [Peter] Lovenkrands were lively - they played very well."

On Arsenal's improved league position…
"The only thing that has changed from two weeks ago is that it is in our hands now. We do not have to focus too much on the results of Aston Villa. That shows you, if you drop a little bit, you are quickly caught. We could have been eight points behind Aston Villa two weeks ago, so we want to keep our focus, and our performances at a high level."

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