Wenger on...the performance
"We knew before the game it was a tricky one, they had a competitive advantage on us because they have started the season already. I saw after 10 minutes we needed to be patient and not to make a mistake at the back. And when Jenas was sent off we needed even more patience. We knew at half-time that we could win the game in the last 20 minutes if we didn't make a mistake."

Wenger on...Jenas' sending off
"It looked a dangerous tackle to me. Now if you ask me have I seen people getting away with that in the English league, I would not say to you 'no'. But when he brought his right leg in, you know, and took the standing leg of the player, I don't like that. That was a very anxious moment. It looked to me a dangerous tackle, and unneeded one, but we didn't want him to be sent off."

Wenger on...the opposition
"I am convinced that this Newcastle team will take points away from home, because they have a good midfield, they can keep the ball, they have a good work-rate, and you need to be really physically strong because in the middle of the park they play always two versus three."

Wenger on...Robin van Persie
"He needed that goal. We know that we can score goals and he has what you cannot give a player, he can make a difference. He knows the right moment to be in the box and is a good finisher. We support him and he has improved a lot since arriving here. It could be an important season for him."

Arsène Wenger

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12 Aug 2005