Mikel Arteta on today’s 0-0 draw with Stoke.
We had some really good chances but at the moment we are not taking them, the same thing happened last week. We are making them and conceding few chances to the opposition but we lost two points again today.
On the new players
We need three, four, five games together and then we will see (how good they are). They have the quality.”
On two points from two games
It is not good enough. We wanted the three points, but it is a hard place to come and try to get the points.
Arsene Wenger on the result in the wake of last week
I would say it’s two points dropped, on the game. We’ve played against two teams that as a unit defend very well. When you see some other games, you know, they are open games. We played against two teams who were really focussed on defending, defending, defending. They did very well.
I’ve seen some teams the other night they go forward, they play, they open their game – after, of course it’s easier to score. But today it was a cup fight, for 90 minutes. What is most important is what you learn about your team, that we are capable to stand up… and we behaved like men who are ready for a fight, and that is the most important [thing] for me.
On the positives and negatives
We were very strong spirit-wise, dominant in the challenges, defensively strong. Offensively still have some work to do, there is still something missing.
On missing van Persie
I had the same questions when Henry left as now. This time last season I was being told not to play RVP as centre forward.
On Jamie Redknapp saying Giroud and Podolski were weaker than RVP
I don’t listen much to what people say
On the rumours linking Arsenal with a move for Newcastle midfield Chiek Tiote
Tiote is a good player but he is not on his way to Arsenal.