Premier League - Managers: Wenger hails 'perfect' Arsenal
Sun, 26 Feb 22:21:00 2012
Managerial reaction from around the Premier League, with Arsene Wenger delighted with Arsenal's amazing comeback against Tottenham.
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsene Wenger: "Today showed Arsenal is alive more than anyone thought before the game. We had an emphatic performance today where on the spirit and technical side, and the drive of the whole team and style of the way we want to play, everything was perfect despite a very bad start. I felt in the first five minutes, Spurs started well. It was all us for the next 85 minutes. We were 2-0 down and just refused to lose the game and kept going no matter what happened. Once we were back to 2-2, you saw that if we maintained the pace we would win the game."
Harry Redknapp: "I didn't feel comfortable to be honest at 2-0 up. They were creating chances at 2-0. To be fair, when they got back to 2-2, they had an opportunity to go 3-2 before half-time so I wasn't exactly sitting there feeling comfortable. We were hitting them on the counter-attack, but we were camping deep in our half and they were making opportunities. At 2-0 I didn't feel comfortable and at 2-2 I felt even less comfortable and the momentum was with them at half-time. They came off to a standing ovation and you knew it was going to be a very tough second half."
Paul Lambert: "That was a huge performance by us. We gave everything. We were running on empty, but I couldn't fault our lads. Manchester United come at you from all angles, but I couldn't ask for any more. It was a poor goal to lose but the pleasing thing was, when you lose that goal early, you don't capitulate, and we never did that. We hung in and the United goalkeeper probably saved his best game for against us - some of his saves were magnificent."
Sir Alex Ferguson: "I have to say we were lucky today, in the sense Norwich had more promise about them. I thought we were lethargic, too casual on the ball. Then when we lost the goal, we played brilliantly. That tells you something about the temperament, they do not get nervous and started to up their game, so that augurs well for us. They just kept crossing that ball into the box. Without Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and (David) De Gea, we would have been down. They were brilliant the three of them."
Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City
Tony Pulis: "If there's a criticism levied at me, then it should be for the first team I picked against Valencia, because we didn't play well that night. But the team that went to Valencia did smashing and created more chances and gave them a better game. We went there to have a go, but whichever way you do it you're damned if you do and damned if you don't, and that's football. I'm big enough to take it. My chairman was really pleased with the teams I picked in both games and he's the one I answer to."
Brendan Rodgers: "I thought Gerhard Tremmel dealt well with most of what he had to do. I thought some of our play was very good but we were disappointed with the two goals we conceded because we obviously know the threat that Stoke have. Their quality into the box is very good and they get people on the end of it. We're disappointed with the scoreline but performance-wise I thought there were a lot of good moments."