Wenger on...the performance
"Well, we lost and it's difficult to understand how we lost. Overall our commitment was right, the quality of our game was right, and we succumbed to mistakes that of course happen in football. It is a great opportunity tonight, I just feel it's a good test for our commitment and character. We will come back, we just have to take points now."

Wenger on...Sol's substitution
"I think he was very down at halftime, and he felt guilty. We wanted to fight for him in the second half, and get back. It was not a disaster, we were two-one down and you felt that at any minute we could score. At half time I had other worries, I decided to change Sol and then you go on with it."

Wenger on...inexperience at the back
"At the moment we are short of course. Maybe we have lost Lauren for the rest of the season, Ashley Cole is not back, Kolo and Eboue are away, Sol is not there. We are short at the back that I can concede. We have to stick together, defend a bit more everywhere on the pitch, and go through that patch because there are a lot of positives as well."

Wenger on...the team's current form
"It's a shame at the moment because last week we beat Wigan but not enough, we lost at Bolton, we lost tonight. In every game you feel we should have won."

Wenger on...Abou Diaby
"When you think it's his only second complete game, he looks a very promising talent. I think in the second half he became stronger and stronger."

Arsène Wenger

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2 Feb 2006