on the game…
We expected a difficult game because we played a very tense game last Saturday against Tottenham. We had a Champions League game on Wednesday night and we knew [that] when you play away from home after the Champions League, it’s a difficult game. You have to say Aston Villa did fight very hard. They had some chances as well. We controlled them quite well. I think we had room to win the game but we lacked a little bit of accuracy in our final ball today. I cannot fault my team for the spirit we have shown for 90 minutes. We lacked a little bit [of] sharpness in the final third.

on only having one shot on target…
But we had many shots, but not on target. We had 11 or 12 shots, but we lacked sharpness today in the final third. You could see that physically we were a bit jaded.

on Szczesny’s save at the end…
We had a difficult week, and a good week where the team gave absolutely everything. I told you, we had two difficult games in the championship - not everybody will come here and win. After the Champions League game, when you play away from home, you can make a draw, it can happen. We could have won the game, we could have lost the game. You have to respect Aston Villa as well.

on the players missing…
Walcott was injured. Wilshere has played three or four games and I decided to give him a breather today.

on if he considered bringing Wilshere on…
I decided to rest him today unless really needed. It’s more dangerous in weather like that, to bring a player on when he’s tired. It was sensible not to play him today.

on if those missing will be back for Everton…
I will decide that on Tuesday.

on if there’s concern at being 10 points off the top…
Why should we panic? We worry about our next game and we play our next game. I don’t know why you should worry about more. You have to worry about your performance, that’s all. [The feeling is we must] focus for the next game.

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