On the performance...
"Especially first half, we had the game we wanted to play with a lot of sharp movement and a lot of creativity in our game and good technical quality. And overall it was a good team performance."

On Jack Wilshere's contribution...
"Of course I am pleased with him. He always had his football [ability] but he has gained some power now. A year ago he had to go across the pitch and now he can go straight. At that age that is normal and you can see that he is comfortable on the ball, he can take people on. You have seen that on both days."

On the 17-year-old's England chances...

"I don’t think that [Fabio Capello] over two games like that will make a decision. You never know and fortunately it is Capello’s problem, it is not my problem."

On how much Wilshere will play this season...
"I don’t know how much he will play. I speeded him up, I put him at 16 years of age in the dressing room and gave him a chance to practice everyday with the first-team players. If I had taken him out of the youth team now you would not have seen what you have seen today. That means he has benefited a lot from special treatment and an acceleration of his education because he plays for one year with the first team. But how many games? I don’t know. The only problem in England is knowing the impatience of the people is that it will be difficult to keep the right pace in his progress.

"Could he play the whole Premier League campaign? Certainly not. He is physically strong because he has a strong body, Jack. It’s difficult to predict."

On the comparisons with Theo Walcott...
"Let's be calm and quiet. There is still a year to go to the World Cup, and let's see how he improves, is consistent. Let's not make stars in just two games. You have to respect the development of the players. Before it was different, you had to play four or five years well and then somebody says ‘maybe he can play for the national team’. Now everybody is quick because everybody sees everything."

On speculation over Patrick Vieira...
"I have two games to think about and after the weekend we have Monday off and I will now think about the whole squad. Two weeks ago, I did not know if we would have Eduardo or not, or [Tomas] Rosicky. They both look to be completely back, so that makes the squad quite big.

"Patrick is a great player and I have not considered it yet to bring him back. It is a possibility that I have to think about. It is not sure he will decide to join us if I decide to try and make him come. There is a lot to think about. I have no personal problem with Patrick Vieira, I have a huge respect for him and we have good relations."

On his policy of bringing back old players...
"It is a general policy I have [not to do it] but I never said I would not do it. Usually I don’t do it, I’m not a big fan of that because I feel once the players have gone they have gone."

On Thomas Vermaelen's fitness...
"should be fit next week [for Valencia]. William Gallas is OK. He had a little tight hamstring but he could have played on."

On his transfer plans...
"We don’t make any comment about the transfers. If we sign someone we will come out with it. I read in the newspapers that I have called him and called him, I go for so much, but I never speak about that because you have to accept that it might disturb the player, it might disturb the club. If transfers don’t happen you have an unhappy player so I keep it as quiet as possible."

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