Wenger on...that penalty
"They wanted to play the ball together between two players. In fairness it should have been retaken. They checked on TV and he did not touch the ball twice. But it was a mess. Even if you are 10-0 up you want to play the game in the way it should be played. They thought it was a good way to score the goal. I don't think they made they right decision that is all."

Wenger on...Henry and Pires practising it in training
"You do a lot of things in training for fun it was not planned to take the penalty like that. It was not meant to be disrespectful to anyone they just wanted to score the goal and finish the game."

Wenger on...Pires' reaction
"Robert came to me after the game, telling me he was sorry and that he had made a big mistake. As a manager, you have to live with these things. My reaction after the incident was one of surprise. Maybe if Robert had missed the first penalty, you could have understood had he tried to pass the ball as he would have been shaky. But he should have been full of confidence after smashing in the first penalty so marvellously.

"At least Robert has been 'vaccinated' for life. He was scared that he would hit it too hard. But in the end he made a mess of it because he did not hit it hard."

Wenger on...the performance
"We left a lot of power in the Champions League game and you could see the result today. Liverpool and Manchester United showed it can be a difficult after a Champions League game, especially against a good Manchester City team. I am very happy with the three points but we were a little bit flat physically."

Arsène Wenger

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23 Oct 2005