Wenger on penalties, Bendtner and pride

Arsene Wenger faced the media after Arsenal's Capital One Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion. This is a transcript from his press conference:

on being proud of his side…I am because we played with many young players and they have shown that not only are they good football players but they can fight as well. The penalties were a bit of a lottery but overall I think the most important thing for me is we played well during the game and the young players came out and showed they can play in the style we want to play.

on deciding the penalty takers…First of all they were the players who had not played for two hours and they were fresh, everybody else had cramps so you take in the end what's left and they coped well with it.

on a big ask for young players to take penalties…Yes but sometimes technically it's not the most difficult, it's more about dealing with the pressure.

on the experience for the players..It's good to know you can win even when you think you are dead and tired but if you dig deep until the end you are rewarded. That's a very important lesson for a young player because that will happen to them again. That was the most important thing about tonight. We kept going forward and tried to win the game until the end and that is very positive as well.

on playing the young players in the next round…Honestly I don't know yet because it depends on the injuries. Tonight I had no choice but to rotate because many senior players are out.

on the fans' reception to Nicklas Bendtner…The fans were absolutely fantastic. Even when West Brom came back to 1-1 they encouraged us and they encouraged Nicklas. Overall I think he had a good game for a guy who has not played for such a long time on his own up front. He did very well.

on Bendtner's chance…He took too much time. What happened to him is what happens to many strikers when they have too much time to score. Wait and wait and then wait for too long but overall I think his game was positive.

on Bendtner's confidence…One thing you don't question too much with him is his confidence. I believe for Nicklas Bendtner the most important thing is to stay fit physically and after that he has the talent. In England you know him well. For him it's important that he's consistently present and he works hard physically because he has the top qualities.

on the youngsters taking their chances...In our job we have all started when another player was injured. Unless you are Messi when you start because you are just a genius when you are 17 years old. You have opportunities that you have to grab with young players - when there are players who are injured they can show you have the quality.

on Mikel Arteta…He is fine, he just had cramp.

on being surprised that a German missed a penalty…No, but I know you are.

on renewing his rivalry with Mourinho…Of course it will be an interesting game. Even for the League Cup they have a very large squad so we know we will play a Premier League team. And on our side at home it will be interesting.

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