On dropping more points in Manchester…

"We have the same feeling at little bit as the first game in Manchester [two weeks ago]. There was more in the game for us than what we got and we go unfortunately home with the same spirit, the same disappointment and of course with the feeling that we should have got a much better result today considering the way the two teams played. But they negotiated better the two turning points of the game, and I believe we were defensively a bit shaky today."

On accusations of defensive naivety…

“It's difficult to say because I believe many players came back from international games, and when you play away it's very difficult to say. We're not completely sharp and fresh like we can be and I felt it had an impact on our defensive concentration."

On the balance of play…

"We looked always in control, especially in the second half, and when it became 2-1 we threw everything forward and got caught on the break. But at the end of the day, when you concede four goals and you look at the time of possession we had and the number of shots on goal they had and what we had, it's very difficult to take. But when you make mistakes at that level you pay for it."

On Adebayor's alleged stamp on Van Persie…

"I haven’t spoken to him yet [Van Persie] and I heard about it on the radio, but I haven’t seen the incident because the ball was moving away. I will have to see it again to assess that."

On Adebayor's celebration in front of the Arsenal fans…

"As you know that is not welcome, but his attitude and his behaviour is out of my control and I cannot influence that."

On Tomas Rosicky's scoring return…

"It's good to have him [Rosicky] back, but he's not completely fit yet to play in top-level competition. I think we need to be patient."

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