On reaching the Semi-Final…
We did the job on a cold night. We didn’t give chances away and maybe they closed us down well at the start of the game and slowly when we gained a bit more time and space we created chances. Overall, it was a good win with making eight or nine changes. We wanted to qualify and give some chances to some players who needed it and we achieved both targets.

On Arsenal’s wait for a trophy…
We have to accept that. There are two things that you want – you want to win trophies and always be at the top. We [have] managed to be at the top over the years and if we can add the trophies it can be even better. But you can only do as well as you can and at the moment we are at the end of November and we are in all the competitions in quite a good position.

On the importance of the trophy wait…
You cannot say it is not important but you can’t make an obsession of it. We want to focus on the quality of our performances and the rest will be the consequence of our performances.

On Robin van Persie’s first start since August…
He has shown class. He still needs games, he was out for a long time but it’s already positive that he could play 70 minutes tonight. Let’s hope he has no reaction then he will become stronger and stronger.

On the importance of Bendtner’s goal...
Up front there is a lot of competition so everyone needs a lot more reassurance.

On West Ham’s win over Manchester United...
I am surprised. I looked at the Manchester United's side and they seemed to have a strong team out.

On expecting to win the Carling Cup...
You have seen what happened to Manchester United. That can happen to us. We have to accept there is no guarantee, even though you have got to the Semi-Final, that we win will the trophy. You have to fight to win. Now it is home and away so it will be tough competition to us.

On what winning the Carling Cup would do...
The supporters want more always – and that is completely natural. But we have played 14 consecutive years in the Champions League. Many people would be happy with that. We are not completely happy with that. We want to make our supporters as happy as we can. The major trophies are the Champions League and the Premier League but if we can win this competition then we will take it.

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