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'I'm not going off unless someone drags me!'

Nigel Winterburn was praised after playing the full 90 minutes against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in June - and he wasn't going to come off early in Saturday's return leg either.

The legendary left-back picked up a knock in the first half but battled on as we claimed a penalty shootout victory.

We spoke to him after the game and this is what he told us:

on the game...
It was a tough 90 minutes and Real Madrid play regularly, and you can see that with the way they play with the ball. But it’s such an honour and a pleasure to play against them. It was competitive, but a little bit slower!

on going down injured…
Well, you know me by now, I’m not going to come off unless someone drags me off! At my age, what a chance it is to play again and play against some fantastic players, and with some fantastic players. You’ll have to drag me off to get me off the pitch.

on the touches still being there…
Yeah it is, but sometimes it’s just when you get control of it and you want to push away and use that power, but there’s no power there! It’s almost in slow motion. It’s almost as if someone’s slowed it down and put you in reserve, but it’s a fantastic occasion and it’s all for The Arsenal Foundation, which is the main thing.

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