On the 2-2 draw at Crawley Town...
"It was a really good game, the first game of pre-season for these lads. Crawley have been at it for about a month now - I read that they have two or three games under their belt, so they were maybe a bit fitter than us. I felt we ran out of steam a bit in the second half, which is understandable in the first game of pre-season. They had a lot of substitutions which we didn't have, so they were a bit fresher than us. They gave us a few problems in the second half but I thought in the first half we played ever so well."

On his side's display...
"We put some good moves together and created some good chances. Rhys Murphy finished two off and we could maybe have been four or five goals to the good in the first half. But they came back well and had their chances in the second half. Towards the end we came back into it and had two or three good chances with Chuks Aneke and Benik Afobe, the two lads we brought on. Their keeper Michel Kuipers made a couple of good saves."

On Benik Afobe's involvement with England's European Under-17 Championship winning side...
"We were watching him. He did well, as did most of the England team. That is their first European Championship at that level. It was a great achievement and a great honour for Benik. I'm very pleased for him, he is coming along nicely."

On the return of some players from loan spells...
"I think tonight was about getting fit and all the players played very well. Most of these boys will probably go on loan again this year, the older ones. They have to prove themselves and they have to prove themselves to our manager and they have to ensure that if it isn't going to happen here at Arsenal it is going to happen somewhere else for them, and I am confident that they will all do that.

"The loan system is something all of the Clubs in the Premier League are using to give experience to young players and it has been beneficial to use over the last few years and we will continue using it."

On playing Welling United on Saturday...
"It will be a similar side. I'll probably swap over the substitutes to give those who came on late a chance. The ones who played 90 minutes will probably then come on as subs, but it will be the same squad that travels to Welling."

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