on a convincing victory...
"Yes, I feel we had a good start. We were on a very good run and we were disappointed on Tuesday night in Moscow. We wanted a quick response to not drop our level of confidence. We came quickly with an early goal - a fantastic goal - and after that our movement, our technique, our pace made a big difference. Reading never gave up and they were dangerous on set pieces and crosses but overall we looked like we could always create something with our mobility and quick, coordinated movement."

on Fabregas justifying his long-term deal...
"He gave the right answer today. He's a great player and he will be greater, I believe. But especially there is a good understanding in midfield now. We are very mobile, very quick and of course he has a quick football brain."

on Rosicky's consistency...
"Rosicky is getting better in every game, I am very happy with his performances. We feel that physically he has adapted quicker than we expected him to."

on responding to the defeat in Moscow...
"You always worry because I have seen Reading here against Manchester United and Chelsea, and I know from experience that after a Champions League game it is always very tricky to go away from home. So I was of course concerned by the difficulty of the task today."

on Reading's performance...
"You could say that they left something in there [after the Chelsea game]. You can analyse whether it is down to our quality or the fact that they had something taken away pyschologically. It looked a little bit like that."

on five Premiership wins in a row...
"Recently if you take our performances we have beaten Watford, Charlton, Manchester United and now here. So it looks like we are capable of playing this kind of game but I felt today we played at a higher pace and with more mobility."

on the title race...
"Yes we knew we were under pressure because Manchester United won and Chelsea won yesterday, so we knew that today was a big day for us."

on how he will celebrate his birthday...
"As an aperitif, a little game on television. After, as a dessert, all the goals in Europe on television again!"

8/1 - Arsenal to win the 2006/07 Carling Cup

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