Wenger on...on taking a point
"We dropped two points but we have to be realistic. Even in super seasons, we made draws at Villa and you have to give them credit. They are in a good period. They fought for every ball and made it very difficult for us. We were sharp enough or technically astute enough to get out of their pressure.""

Wenger on...on the performance
"Defensively we were sound and solid but offensively we can be much better and it was a little bit of a scrappy performance. There was a lot of fight and we had difficulty getting the ball to be able to play united technically. We never looked on the same wavelength going forward although we had a couple of chances."

Wenger on...those chances that went begging
"Flamini had a good chance so did Toure at the end but he was surprised and maybe a bit intimidated to be in front of goal. He is not used to being in these situations. In the end he hesitated and he did not take his chance."

Wenger on...Thierry Henry's performance
"He suffers a little bit physically because it is his third game [in quick succession]. Going forwards we never put any collective pressure on Villa and therefore it was more difficult for the strikers."

Wenger on...missing Patrick Vieira
"Once you make a decision, you go forward. You do not always look backwards. We feel it is too easy every time we don't play well to say that if Patrick was there, we would play better. That is not a good way to look at your performances. We know with the team out here we can play better. That is more important."

Wenger on...on climbing the table
"Our immediate aim is to chase the pack in front of us. In the last three games we have taken seven points we have to consider that. Being in the Champions League is an important position for us. If it is fourth then it is fourth but it could be higher."

Arsène Wenger

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31 Dec 2005