Wenger on...the nature of the game
""I feel we were tested against a very dynamic, physical, direct and brave Wigan team. It was mental and physical test. In the first half we were surprised by the intensity of their commitment and their decisiveness in what they did.

"We gave some chances away because of their huge commitment and direct style. When we had the ball we needed to show composure, get the ball down and play our own game. We did that well for the 90 minutes."

Wenger on...the strength of the two sides
"The game was interesting for 90 minutes. They have shown why they are where they are and my team are developing as well. We are showing that we are a force again today I saw different aspects and you know they are all needed in the Premiership."

Wenger on...Thierry Henry's contribution
"People ask you to speak about him but I just say watch him. He can take free-kicks, give final balls and score goals. He has everything in his locker."

Wenger on...Pascal Cygan at left back
"It was his first game at that level on the left flank and it was against a right flank at Wigan who are very offensively-orientated. Jimmy Bullard is like a marathon man and Chimbonda is a right winger every time they try to win the ball.

"I put Ljungberg on the right at the start to protect that side a little, Pires is a more offensive player. But as well we wanted to take advantage of the fact they go forward and so we could get in behind them. I think we did that quite well."

Wenger on...the pitch
""If we lost balls it was down to the quality of the pitch rather than technical mistakes. Sometimes if you need one touch more it favours the team who want to close the ball down. But I feel it is a handicap for Wigan because they are sometimes forced into a direct game when they could do something more."

Arsène Wenger

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18 Nov 2005