on a great European night...
"It was a great night for us, yes, Before the game we wanted to play well defensively and score goals, and we managed to combine both. I'm very happy with the performance of the team, togetherness, but as well with the fluency, the speed, the technical part of the game we want to play. Overall the technical quality I feel in patches was very high, and shows that the team is getting better and better."

on looking ahead...
"We want first to go through against Juventus, there is still the difficult part to do. I feel we have done half of the job and of course we want to finish the job next week. Juventus at home will of course try and come at us but we will try again to go out there and try to score goals. I rate our chances 50/50 to go through... [but] winning the tournament? It's a long, long way to go. I believe we can go through and believe we will finish the job at Juventus but there is still a lot to come, you know. Let's win on Saturday against Aston Villa."

on playing without fear...
"They are not inhibited, I find it a great quality. For a long time maybe we needed to adjust to the Premiership, to find confidence. Did Real Madrid help us? I don't know, it looks like we have no inhibition at the moment. But football is so fragile you need to be very cautious because one unexpected defeat and suddenly you are back again, you know? There's quality in the side and it's good to watch."

on Robert Pires' handling of Patrick Vieira...
"If Robert starts to tackle that's a very good sign for Arsenal! I said many times that I think Robert has a chance to play for the French national team. I think he had a great performance tonight."

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