On what the win means to the title race...
"The only thing we can do is win our games and hope that the others drop points. You could see again today that every game is massively difficult and even today it was a game where we needed to be highly focused. When the teams play in the Champions League in midweek, anyone can drop points."

On if Manchester United and Chelsea will drop any more points this season...
"They will because they play against each other, so it is impossible for one of the two not to drop points. Everton beat Manchester United today and they have beaten Chelsea. There are plenty of teams who you can drop points against.
"Sport is movement. It can change quickly and what looks right today, can be different in three weeks. It is interesting because it is not predictable.
"We didn't talk about Manchester United's result before the game. I don't even know if the players knew. We didn't speak about it. For us, we know we have to win our games and that is what we tried to do.
"We had a good pace in the first half and we could see that it is important to have a squad where you can rotate a little bit because the players who did not play on Wednesday night were sharp. We gave a lot physically on Wednesday night and in the second half you could see that. But we were focused."

On Arsenal's position in the title race...
"We have two fights. One is to get away from the teams in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions, and the second is to get as close as possible to the top. I believe that the team is focussed, wants to do well and responded well today to the disappointment of Wednesday night. That is all you can ask. I am very happy with the players."

On if it will prove significant that Arsenal do not have to play a 'Big Four' club again this season...
"I believe we still have difficult games. We go to Stoke City next week. We promised ourselves to give our best in every game until the end of the season and then the pride will be to say 'we went as far as we could' and see where we stand."

On the free-kick awarded to Sunderland at the end of the second half...
"That is the sort of free kick that can decide a season. Some days you know a guy takes the ball and puts it in the top corner and it's 1-1. Sometimes you get away with it."

On Theo Walcott's performance...
"I think he is much sharper than three weeks ago. He is still lacking a bit of confidence in the final third but for 60-70 minutes he looked dangerous. He made good runs and I believe he is on the way up."

On Emmanuel Eboue's performance...
"Eboue is a good example that you can always change the opinion of people if you keep focussed, have talent and produce on the pitch. The people who booed him one year ago today love him. That is down to his attitude and it is the credit he deserves.

On Eboue's ability to play right back or right midfielder...
"If you ask him, he prefers to play at right back. But I like him as well in midfield because when you look at the number of games we have won with him at right midfield, you will see that his numbers are good. He is a good football player and where you see him stand in the opposition box against two players, you know he will pass. Why should be not be capable of playing right midfielder?"

On Carlos Vela's chances of going to the World Cup with Mexico...
"He is a good player. I hope he will he play for Mexico in the World Cup. I don't make the team, I make only the Arsenal team. For me Carlos Vela is a very talented player who missed the preparation of the season and was then injured. Today he had a groin problem and that is why I didn't consider him. What he needs is to be injury free and get a good run of games. He is a very talented player who is maturing now. When you are 17, 18 it is easy. At 20 you realise it is not as easy as it looks. He has gone through that stage now and I am confident he will do well."

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