Arsene Wenger spoke to the media after Arsenal's 3-1 win against Sunderland in the FA Cup. Below is a transcript of what he said:
on working for the win… When you play a Premier League team you are always going to have to work. We had a very convincing half and took over more slowly. In the first half we went one down and we had to find our way because we were sharp in midfield. After that slowly in the second half we took over, played in their half and scored great goals and created many chances.
on three FA Cups… We have only one left to win. We have done it twice. What I will say is we take this competition with a desire to do well in it and to try to win it. It is a long way in the cup and you need a long run.
on the Ox… He came on stronger as the game went on and in the second half he was strong. I must say he was stronger in the second half. Joel Campbell was very good. Alex Iwobi was one of the guys who was very good in the first half, he tired a little bit in the second half. Overall, they have done well.
on Iwobi… I liked the timing of his passes. In the middle of the park that is a vital quality and that fact he plays forward and sees [things]. As a young boy he is not afraid to come on and that is not easy.
on Bellerin… He became stronger and stronger. Sometimes I felt in the last 20 minutes, every time he went forward he created a chance on goal.
on if there is a better right back in the league… I don’t know. Of course [he is among the best]. Look at the defensive and offensive numbers. The fact that he is only 20 years old, there is a lot more to come from him.
on fixture congestion… There is a little bit. But I believe that the next step is to get Rosicky back, Welbeck back, Sanchez back, Wilshere back and maybe we will get one player in. Overall, I think we have no new injuries so I’m not worried. If we had the same number of injuries we would be a bit short.
on Debuchy leaving… It is a possibility. I said that in the press conference the other day.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
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