“It was such an exciting time for us, and a couple of weeks after I signed my dad threw me a surprise party. I had no idea at all, not a clue what was going on, but my friends led me round the side of my house and there were all my family with Arsenal scarves, Arsenal flags - my Dad even put his CD of Arsenal songs on! It was brilliant, seeing all my family like that so happy.”
Carl Jenkinson  

“I guess it was always going to be surreal. I became a fan when I left the Club so now I know exactly how it feels to score for the club that you support. As I said earlier on to some of the guys in the dressing room, two weeks ago I was on holiday in Mexico on the beach and here I am scoring the winner against Leeds."
Thierry Henry on scoring on his comeback against Leeds

“I just remember running and then feeling something - boom - and everything went black. Their player had hit my jaw and I hadn’t been expecting it so my face was relaxed. I was going in and out of consciousness - I could hear [club physio] Colin Lewin and the players around me talking, and remember starting to feel sick, and that’s it."
Mikel Arteta on being knocked unconscious against Liverpool

“It's been an up-and-down season but it's the way you finish that matters. Tottenham, we're breathing down their necks now and hopefully they can feel it. I am sure they are slightly worried.”
Theo Walcott, in March, on the race for the top four

“You can see how much it means to the fans and we need to continue that now to keep the atmosphere going. When the Emirates is like that, other teams can't play because it is too difficult. We feel like we have a lot more power when the atmosphere is kicking like that."
Kieran Gibbs, in March, on the atmosphere at the Emirates

“There’s no difference between what I’m doing now and, let’s say, five years ago. You know, my normal age is 31 but in football years I’m 29 - I lost two years because of injury so let’s just talk about my football age. I still believe I have plenty in me.”
Tomas Rosicky on feeling reinvigorated

“Yes, it was a little bit of a dream, because it was a story about football you would tell some young children. Unfortunately it is not often like that in our game, but sometimes it happens.”
Arsène Wenger on Thierry Henry's comeback goal against Leeds

“Paul Ashcroft deserves it completely. He is in the tradition of our groundsmen. All of our groundsmen deserve immense credit; they are really Champions League material.”
Arsène Wenger on the Club winning 'Groundsman of the Year'

“It is more than excitement, it is an absolute privilege and an honour. I know I have some big boots to fill with Pat having spent 44 years at the Club and that is going to be the hard part. I will be learning on the job a little bit but myself and Neil Banfield are more than excited."
Steve Bould on being appointed assistant manager

"I have to give credit to Kieran Gibbs. The boss has always says, 'you have to be ready when you come off the bench' and Gibbsy made probably made the most important tackle of his career so far."
Theo Walcott on Kieran Gibbs' last-gasp tackle against West Brom

“Yes [I am surprised] because I don't know where the other 899 have gone!”
Arsène Wenger on reaching 900 games in charge

“I'm loving every minute of it. It is my first time in the Far East and the boys were telling me beforehand that the fans are unbelievable and so loud. I thought, 'Nah, it can't be anything I haven't heard before' but it is amazing. It makes you realise how huge Arsenal are when you come out to somewhere like Asia and the fans all love you."
Benik Afobe on experiencing his first Arsenal tour

“My wife gets a bit upset when I call Arsenal my ‘first love’!”
Terry Burton on returning to the Club

"The first shock in China was how quickly the country has developed. But the second thing for me was how much people know about our club. When we are in China it was unbelievable. I had a press conference at Hangzhou and people in the room knew more about Arsenal than I did!"
Arsène Wenger on returning to China on tour

"The atmosphere around you and the support of fans, it makes me feel better and better. I feel very emotive and proud to play for Arsenal. When I heard the fans’ song [for me]... when I came here for the first time, I heard this song and it made me want to die on the pitch for the fans.”
Olivier Giroud on the support from the fans

“He’s an absolute soldier, someone you’d always want in front of you, a real leader who just wants to win. I’m happy for him - he had his injury problems last season but he’s one of the best defenders in the world without a doubt.”
Theo Walcott on Thomas Vermaelen

"You know when you get a buzz off a player, and you could bounce off him and get good vibes. Santi has that with everyone because he’s that sort of player."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on playing with Santi Cazorla

“I have spoken to Robert Pires because he played with me at Villarreal. Obviously he knew about the rumours of me coming here and always encouraged me to sign. He told me it was a very good club and I was going to enjoy London, the city and the move. The same with Cesc Fabregas. He said this was a big club and that I was going to be very happy here, he said I would adapt easily. I can feel that.”
Santi Cazorla on getting advice from some former Gunners

“I am a fan of this Club and that will never change. I am just lucky enough to have been given the ability and the chance to play for my club. I was going to watch Arsenal the same as the fans were and [now] just count myself very lucky to represent them as a fan who has become a player. It doesn't come around very often and I just feel privileged and honoured to be that person.”
Carl Jenkinson on playing for his childhood club

"We went from disaster to, I must say at least at some stage, pride."
Arsène Wenger on the incredible 7-5 win against Reading

"It felt amazing to be back. From the moment that I went out there, the fans were great. It's been a long journey. As I've just been told, it's been 524 days since my last game. That's a long time."
Jack Wilshere on making his comeback after 14 months out

"Finishing the season unbeaten was massive. It’s incredible to go unbeaten. I’m still young so hopefully there will be many more seasons where I can be a part of a team that achieves that."
Danielle Carter on the Ladies winning a domestic double

“They say he’s a master in kung fu. You could see that on Wednesday night. You need some special flexibility, subtleness and physical strength to do that, apart from the fact that you have to realise what you have to do.”
Arsène Wenger on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wonder goal against England

"My team are winners. It’s not really about me. It’s something that is generated throughout the whole club and through Vic Akers’ era. It’s just the club as a whole. When people come into it, it’s what they have to buy into. You’re either a winner or you leave."
Laura Harvey on winning the Women's Super League title

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30 Dec 2012