Wenger on...the positive performance
"At half-time it was four-nil, and after I felt we did a job to keep it serious. But in the first half we looked sharp, every time good acceleration, we looked like we could be dangerous. We saw it already at Charlton, and there were good signs as well against Chelsea and Newcastle but overall I think the team is improving again and... we will try to chase the pack in front of us with a result at Aston Villa. But overall the signs are very positive."

Wenger on...confidence
"Yes, it is a confidence thing, Reyes as well. I feel for a while we did not know, we lost a little bit of belief that we are the best. Because you could see that kind of vibes coming out of the team, and against Chelsea the team realised that they should have not lost that game and they have the potential to compete with the best."

Wenger on...the Man Utd clash
"Yeah, it will be a big game but we have to do well at Aston Villa first. If we can have another good result against Villa that will be a big game for us. No matter, there is still another twenty games to go, and no matter what happens the most important is that my team realise their potential to do well - and they have."

Arsène Wenger


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28 Dec 2005