Wenger on Theo's hat-trick and cup win

Five goals from two players who were making their first starts after injury. Precocious performances from two young midfield prospects. A classic team display. And a place in the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup.

Saturday’s trip to St Mary’s had so many positives, it was hard to know where to start when Arsene Wenger arrived for his press conference. Read on for some of the manager’s quotes:

on enjoying the win…
It was pleasant to watch because we had individual strong performances and collectively as well. I liked the fact that we didn’t lose our concentration. It didn’t become easy when it was 3-0, we kept playing the way we want to play. It was pleasant to watch and it was a good opportunity to see players who have come back, like Welbeck, be so convincing.

on Jeff and Ainsley…
We saw some young players in midfield who, in my opinion, have done very well.

on what the hat-trick does for Theo…
Theo is a good finisher and the chances we created were very good. When he finishes with one touch, he’s very quick to respond. He has a short backlift and is very accurate with his finishing.


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