On the importance of having Cesc Fabregas back...
"If you watch the game today it is difficult to say how much but you don't have to explain that it is important."

On if there is a midfielder as good as him in the Premier League at the moment...
"I have not seen all the games but what is very interesting for us is that Cesc gets stronger and stronger and has more personality on the pitch, like the whole team. He will be 23 this year so he is just starting."

On if Fabregas' fitness is key to Arsenal's title challenge...
"In the last 48 hours we lost Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri to injuries and we now go into a period where every game becomes very, very important. For us it is important not to lose any more players and especially Fabregas because he is just coming back now. We survived okay when he wasn't there but in the period coming up now where we have so many big games it is important to have him."

On his side's performance...
"We expected a fully committed Bolton team and we were not disappointed. They gave absolutely everything and put us under pressure with long balls. We tried to get the ball down and play and sometimes it worked well. We dropped our level a little bit in the second half and that's where they had a 20-minute period where they had chances and looked dangerous. I believe that the pitch was not easy today for our game so our passing was not always exceptional. It was important for us not to go into the last 15 minutes only one goal up. The second goal killed the game."

On the referee's performance...
"I felt that the referee kept things calm quite well because there were a few occasions where it looked very heated and he didn't pull out the red card too quickly and that calmed things down."

On the atmosphere at Reebok Stadium...
"It was very positive for Bolton and Arsenal as well. Our away fans are fantastic."

On having the chance to go top of the Premier League after the next game...
"Our motivation will be 100 per cent. We know that we are in a quite interesting position where nobody expected us to be. We have the belief and we really want to have a go. You have seen today that Bolton made life difficult for us so we have to be completely focused."

On what it will mean to the players if Arsenal go top on Wednesday...
"We know that there is a long way to go. We are a big club and when you are a big club the most difficult thing is like what happened last year, when in October you know you will not fight for the title. Now we have a chance to fight for it so lets have a go."

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