on the performance…
It was lively and both teams tried to play. I think we were quite dominant in the first half but suddenly found ourselves down 2-0 against the run of play. I feel Manchester City played on a very solid defence with five real defenders and we played forward without calculating too much. We were a bit vulnerable on the counter-attack and that is where we got caught. But overall what is important for us is to see everybody play and give everybody competition. We lasted 90 minutes at quite a good level.

on Van Persie's situation…
We could come back forever on Van Persie. We have our main strikers at home and Van Persie is one of them. But we have Podolski and Giroud who are at home, so we have plenty of strikers. For us at the moment it is to prepare for the season - it is more than any individual player.

on Nuri Sahin rumours…
We did not sign anybody today, this report is wrong. We are not signing anybody at the moment - we are not close. In the future you never know.

on his message to Chinese fans…
I would personally like to thank them because they were absolutely outstanding. I would love to book a few 747s and bring them all to the Emirates! They have been outstanding throughout our whole stay. They have been better than our team!

on the Olympics…
Of course it is a little bit symbolic because here we are in an Olympic stadium where the last games took place. It will be a great night for London and for England to open the Olympic Games. I have watched the Games since I was a kid and I have seen many special things. I just hope that it will all go well. Maybe it is 16 days where the whole world is really united around sport.

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