On the repercusations of this defeat...
"It is a big setback for us when you add the four games we drew and today's loss. Now we just have to come back and win games before we dream of the title."

On the game itself...
"It was a game we should have won, but we paid for some lapses in concentration. It is difficult to swallow because we played quite well and were in control of the game. What was left to Chelsea was to play long balls, and we did not deal well enough with it."

On the reasons for the defeat...
"The spirit was right and the mentality was fantastic, over all the team played very well but at the moment, I feel we have some defensive problems which we need to sort out. We got caught on the long balls and the physical battle. But we were a bit unlucky because the first goal was offside and it was also a foul from Terry before that. That has a big impact in the game, and recently we have been badly done by things like that."

On the opportunity missed...
"I don't worry about Chelsea. I worry about Arsenal and the way we play the game. We were 1-0 up and had it all in our hands. We needed a bit more defensive authority as the game was there to be taken. We had plenty of chances on the counter-attack when they went 4-4-2. It was just a matter of time to score the second goal. We were not serene enough defensively."

On disappointment...
"I feel the sprit in the team is fantastic. Today the players will be very disappointed because they gave everything but we go home without any points. That is why we have to show our strength. I believe we have the strength, but at the moment we are six points behind Manchester United. We have first to win our next game before we talk about the title. I do not believe that we had any confidence problem today."

On losing the lead...
"I feel the team got a big blow when we went 2-1 down and then lost a bit of patience in the build-up. We wanted to go too much through the middle instead of going wide."

On the ankle injury to Bacary Sagna ...
"I don't know how bad it is. But it was also a disturbance to lose him at such an important moment of the game."

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