Wenger on...the defeat
"We lost a game we should not have lost. I feel our side played with a team spirit showing some great quality, but the overall thing is that we were punished for a lack of experience and maturity. We did not take advantage of the chances we created and we gave goals away for fun. That is why we were not rewarded."

Wenger on...conceding the equaliser
"With a bit more experience we would not have conceded the first goal and then maybe we would have won the game if we had gone in at half time 1-0 up. There were plenty if chances to win the game and there was plenty of quality in the side but the overall balance of experience and youth was not right."

Wenger on...Chris Kirkland and West Brom
"Chris Kirkland had a great game because West Brom were very, very subdued I feel. They didn't create a lot. They did not even have the ambition to come out in the second half. It was a bit like they were happy with 1-1. But we couldn't take advantage of this and in every department we lacked a bit of what makes the difference."

Wenger on...Chelsea's lead
"At the moment I don't look at the gap - we have other worries. We have eight or nine players out."

Wenger on...the latest injury news
"Sol Campbell will not be back. Thierry Henry will not be back. Gilberto will be back I hope and Van Persie might be available. Ljungberg will not be available. He has done his hamstring and will be out for three weeks."

Arsène Wenger

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16 Oct 2005