on a lively start to the game…
I thought we were a little bit slow in the first half and Sunderland were very sharp and closed us down well. Maybe it’s because one or two have been away and we’ve been working hard on the training field but we were not as sharp or as focused as I would have liked. But in the second half I thought it was a lot better.

on conceding twice after going ahead…
It’s disappointing, I’ve told them that they have to do their jobs in their position and we have given sloppy goals away again. They can’t be doing that and it’s a bit of a regular occurrence at the moment but they are young players who are learning. They go through peaks and troughs and hopefully they will learn from their mistakes.

on giving goals away so soon after scoring…
You always try to keep it tight in the first ten minutes without letting the other team back into the game. That mentality is part of playing in the first team. They have got to have that mentality and they have got to know how to kill games off. That is all part of the learning and the teaching of a young player.

on what pleased him about Arsenal’s play…
The way they kept at their game and the way we always tried to keep moving the ball. I think there were times today, in the second half especially after we wore Sunderland down a little bit, that you could really see the quality of football we are looking for.

on Emmanuel Frimpong’s return to action…
It’s great for Emmanuel, he was distraught after doing his knee [in pre-season]. It’s great to see him back out on the pitch. He was giving himself every opportunity for the manager to pick him [before his injury] and now he has got to get himself back to that level. He is coming back and playing which, at this moment in time, is the best thing.

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