on whether he wishes Arsenal hadn't worked so hard to get the game on...

"I believe it is our job to try to play and the congestion of fixtures will tell us if we did well or not. But anyway we tried as well to play on Wednesday night [against Bolton]."

on the match...

"We played against a very good Everton team who for the biggest part of the game was more dangerous, sharper than us. At the end of the day we dropped two points but, looking at the game, we gained one point. We were closer to losing the game than winning it. We got the point because we had the spirit, the desire, but we didn't find our game today. I found us having problems technically and as well because Everton stopped us very well from playing. In midfield they were dominant."

on Tomas Rosicky's late equaliser...

"I think it is an important goal because it shows the spirit of the team until the last minute. With three minutes to go Everton had three or four corners and we didn't get out of the box. At that time I would have signed for a point. But we kept going and in the end we got that point. That rewards the efforts we produced but I believe today we did not produce the quality we are used to in our team play. The spirit was there though. We were a bit flat and Everton are a good side."

on why Arsenal were a bit flat...

"There are always reasons that are a little bit difficult to analyse. Is it physical, is it technical? I feel it was a little bit of both today and credit to Everton as well, they played well."

on scoring goals from deflections...

"That was the good news of the day. We didn't create many chances and we scored two goals from deflections where maybe our opponents throw their bodies in and it still goes. We are a bit lucky at the moment and I like to think we are lucky because we have the right spirit and then the ball goes for us."

on Denilson's injury...

"I have just seen him in the dressing room and he can walk quite normally. We will have to see, is it a broken rib or a deeper problem with his lungs? We don't know."

on whether he will try to recall his African players after the attack on Togo's team bus...

"No. If you ask me what I think about that situation, I don't believe you can just stop any competition at any incident because that will reward people who provoke the incident. That means any competition in the world will be stoppable at any time.

"The second thing I believe is that international federations have to make sure that the security is well-respected and good enough for the competition. The third thing I believe is that you have to leave it individually to some players the possibility of moving out of the competition if they feel insecure or scared. I personally feel the competition has to go on."

on concerns about Angola as a host nation...

"It is a troubled country because there is political unrest. There are rebels fighting against the government that is in place and that means it can be dangerous. I don't know well enough what happened but it looks strange to me that the coach travels from Congo to Angola, knowing that there are rebels from Angola on the border on the Congolese side.

"I don't know enough about the security and why they organised the competition is Angola. Certainly they thought the competition was safe. The competition has still to go on if the security is well respected in the country but it has to be controlled."

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