on what he thought of Gervinho’s red card..
I think I saw two yellows or two reds but not one yellow and one red.

on Joey Barton’s involvement in the incident…
There is a link between the incident [and Diaby’s sending off last season]. He got away with a yellow card both years.

on whether Gervinho should have had a penalty…
I don’t know.  I wasn’t close enough to see it so we will have to watch it again.

on Arsenal’s performance…
I thought we had a solid performance and were in control. Newcastle had last season’s 4-4 more in their mind than we did. They organised not to concede goals, defended well and it was very difficult for us because we played a team who was highly focused to defend. We missed something, the regret is that we missed something in the final third and in the speed of our passing. But, overall, we had a good performance. I can’t remember giving Newcastle a chance at goal and, away from home, you have to give credit to our team for that.

on the reaction of his players…
We try to play football and, if you watched today, you will see that. Overall, I feel we have been very harshly punished today. We try to play and sometimes we overreact. We have to take control of that. If we have an area to improve on, then that is it. We will learn from that today.

on the performance of Koscielny and Vermaelen…
If we had conceded a goal I would have been bombarded with questions about why I don’t buy a centre back! They have to take credit.

on whether he will do any more business in the transfer market…
I am not against spending money if the players we buy can improve our squad. We have a big squad and if some players leave we will try to bring players in. We request top quality and we are not scared to spend money.

on the fans’ relationship with the players…
It is important that there is a love between the fans and the players. The players today have shown a commitment that deserves the support of the fans.

on Nasri, Fabregas’ situations…
We are, on both fronts, in no-mans land. At the moment, they are players of Arsenal Football Club.

on whether there has been an approach from Manchester City for Nasri…
I wouldn’t like to comment on that. We will keep you informed.

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