Wenger on...the point
"People will say each team had their half and the draw is fair. I feel positive because we came back but we feel frustrated because we did not get a second goal. If the game had gone on for five or 10 minutes more then we would have won it."

Wenger on...the first half
"I just feel that Tottenham had a good first half. It was not down to the team that started [for us]. It was down to nervousness, lack of dominance when we had the ball and a lack of initiative. I felt we did not play enough out from the back.

"When you have Reyes and Bergkamp up front if you kick it high then you don't get very far. You need to put the ball on the floor and do what we are strong at. As for Tottenham, they gave a lot in the first half. But I could feel there was space to exploit if we put the ball on the floor."

Wenger on...the half-time teamtalk
"I want to keep that in the dressing room. But the players responded. I feel the team was reborn at half time today because we knew we could not afford to lose. It would have been disastrous for us.

"Not just the points mathematically but I felt the way the team responded in the second half could decide our season. In that sort of circumstance if the team could not respond then it would have been traumatic. But I was pleased with the response of the players and their character."

Wenger on...Robert Pires
"I didn't leave Pires out of the starting line-up because of what happened last week. When you pick a team you don't look at the history of the club or you will play 60-year-old players because they scored against Tottenham 20 years ago. Maybe if Robert had started he would not have scored.

"I did not start Robert because I felt the team lacked a little bit of confidence and we needed a more solid midfield defensively. In the recent away games we had not been strong enough in there. Today I feel our biggest problem was not the midfield, even in the first half."

Wenger on...Robin van Persie
"I feel Van Persie has made a great improvement. He looked a threat when he came on and that is very positive news for the team. He looked like he could score at any moment."

Wenger on...Freddie Ljungberg's injury
"It was a cramp. I don't feel we'll lose anyone from today for Wednesday night [against Sparta Prague] and maybe we'll have Thierry Henry back."

Arsène Wenger

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28 Oct 2005