Wenger on...the game
"It was good preparation for us for the championship and I feel it was a very good game. Chelsea were dangerous on the long balls and we tried to play our usual game. I feel the game suffered a bit from the quality of the pitch and we were not 100% sharp to finish our combinations. But overall I am happy because we were consistent, our technical quality was good and our spirit was strong. The result is not too important. The most important thing is not to have any injuries."

Wenger on...Didier Drogba
"I feel that Drogba gave us a hard time on the long balls. He put them in front and then they were more defensive, and that is understandable. When they won the ball they became more direct because they have that kind of player in Robben and Duff.  It was hot, it was a pre-season game and it was important to score the first goal because we had to chase the game a little."

Wenger on...coping without Vieira
"I miss all the big players I have lost in my life. Patrick is one of them but life goes on. Patrick goes but Fabregas stays and he had an outstanding game today for 90 minutes. It was only his second game [in pre-season]. People are concerned about us but we are not at all."

Arsène Wenger

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7 Aug 2005