on a poor start to the season
"I feel it was a game a little bit like Villa and Man City, we had always the ball. The teams refuse to come out and play and we put ourselves in trouble because we are 1-0 down every time. That gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Every time we made a defensive mistake and, from then on it's the usual game - you have always the ball, they are a bit lucky, have a good keeper and we lack sharpness because half the team has been away."

on reasons for Arsenal's current form
"I still feel we are playing better in every game but we just cannot finish off the teams. One reason - the main reason - is maybe a little bit physical. The second is we give the other team confidence by being one goal down. The third reason is we are not completely used to how to use our pitch."

on William Gallas
"Overall, [he did] well. You could see that sometimes he was in trouble and he used well his experience. But sometimes he was a bit hesitating to cross the ball with his left foot. But overall I think he played well, he's not completely ready to play in this position. Centre back would suit him better because he has physically he lacks a few games."

on the visit to Manchester United
"Let's focus on Europe. If we get a good result in Hamburg we'll go in good condition to Man Utd."



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9 Sep 2006