On the 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane...
"In the first half we were 1-0 down but were a bit unlucky because we were never under threat. We had a lot of possession that we couldn't transform into any dangerous situations for, in my opinion, two reasons. One,Tottenham defended very well and two, we were not good enough with our final ball in the final third.

"That is the story of the game today until Robin van Persie came on. It transformed our game in the final third. Today we had a lot of possession but were relatively inefficient because our passing was not quick enough, not sharp enough. We had a lot of ineffective possession.

"We knew it was important to start well in the second half and we gave a very cheap goal away and if became very difficult. Credit to Spurs, they defended very well, were always sharp on the counter-attack and won more 50-50s than us today. At the end of the day, that made the difference."

On Robin van Persie's performance...
"He has not kicked a ball for five months in a football team. You could see straight away when he came on that he could give us something different and something special. The bad luck we have this year is that we go into the final sprint of the season with many good players out. You could see tonight that it is too much."

On if he has been let down by some players...
"I would not like to go into any individual criticism tonight. We lost a game we couldn't afford to lose in the title race and that shows that we are not mature enough because if you want to win the League, this kind of game you cannot lose."

On if Arsenal have too much to do in the title race...
"There is too much to do, yes. It is very unlikely now to win the League. But we will continue to fight and you never know. But tonight even a point would not have been enough, we needed three points."

On if Spurs are good enough for Champions League football...
"There are many teams good enough in England, that is the problem for Spurs. If I asked after the Portsmouth game, you would say no. If I ask you the opinion after tonight's game, you would say yes. Top-level sport is about consistency."

On if Tottenham's first goal was a 'one-in-a-million' strike...
"It was, yes. It gave them confidence and put them in a straight shape of defend well and get us on the break. They did that very well tonight. I believe that can happen in a football game. Where we were guilty was to give the second goal away."

On the title race...
"Chelsea play Tottenham on Saturday. If Tottenham want to fight for the Champions League they can show they have the quality to do it."

On if there is a gap between the quality of Chelsea and the quality of Arsenal...
"If you look at the game last night [Chelsea's 1-0 win over Bolton] I don't think Chelsea were exceptional but they had the luck in the game that you have seen as well as I have."

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