Wenger on...the game
"It was a game that we were really unlucky to lose because we were really on top. In every game, you face different kinds of problems. Today we faced a very different way to play and we got caught once where Blackburn scored a very good goal."

Wenger on...the first half
"We were a bit too much within ourselves in the first half but that happens sometimes when you have played a big game in midweek. You know sometimes it is difficult to get going again. It was important first not to concede a goal."

Wenger on...the second half
"In the second half, we went up a gear. We played in one half of the pitch but unfortunately could not score. I am sad for the players because they gave everything until the last minute but it was not to happen and we lost another game where we couldn't score away from home."

Wenger on...reasons for the defeat
"We lacked a little mental sharpness but I cannot fault the players for effort because we were really on top of the game and gave absolutely everything right to the last minute. We were very close to scoring but it was difficult to find real fluency because the pitch was difficult and that did not help."

Wenger on...problems with the away form
"I feel today is a bit of a different defeat to some of them because I feel if we had always played like we had today we wouldn't have lost eight games away from home. I still feel the team is on the way up but at the moment we do not give the impression we can put a run together. We are a little bit stop-go, go-stop. One result is good the other is bad. That is maybe because we are a very young side."

Wenger on...Champions League qualification
"It is becoming difficult but we have to keep fighting. Unfortunately we face the same problem away from home we must adapt better than the beginning of the season. We are still not sound enough not to make a mistake on these kinds of balls." 

Arsène Wenger

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source
26 Feb 2006