Premier League - Wenger confident Arsenal will finish fourth

Managerial reaction from Saturday’s Premier League matches, with Arsene Wenger bullish after Arsenal's win at West Brom.

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UNITED KINGDOM, West Bromwich : Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns (AFP)

Reading 0-2 Southampton

Nigel Adkins: "We needed a win. We were up against a good team but we're at home and we've got to win the game of football. We've not done that, that's the reality of where we are. We've got to keep working hard. It's a situation we don't want to be in, but we're in it. You can hide away or you can face up to the reality of it."

Mauricio Pochettino on why Saints played deeper than usual: "When facing a rival who's just kicking the ball in the air there's no point in pressing really high. The ball is always in the air so there's no point. Our tactic is to pressure and play from the back, but we don't have just one tactic. We try to give our team the capacity to deal with different situations in different ways, but we try to maintain our philosophy, attacking football and high pressing."

West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

Steve Clarke: "I thought we played well. They scored in the first half with one of the very few chances they created. We had good control in the first half but didn't really create enough. We could have had a penalty for a challenge on Claudio Yacob on the edge of the box (by Laurent Koscielny). On another day that was a penalty and would have changed the complexion of the afternoon."

Arsene Wenger: "Can we finish fourth? I believe we will do it. We are conscious as well we have to give 100 per cent commitment in every game and it will be difficult and edgy to the end. We are ready for the fight and we always tell the players 'don't look at everyone else, just focus on ourselves'."

Norwich City 2-2 Swansea City

Chris Hughton: "We wanted a win but nothing changes, we still have to get enough points from the six remaining matches to make sure we're secure. But all the teams around us are capable of winning games so we need to make sure we get enough points from the last games to make sure we're ok. We're at the part of the season that makes everyone that bit anxious and you have to have belief in the players."

Michael Laudrup: "Ending the losses is good, but it's harder for me to answer whether I'm satisfied with one point. We dominated completely the first 30 minutes, we were 1-0 up and maybe should have been 2-0 up. We allowed them into the game out of nothing, but showed character to come back and score the second goal. Am I pleased with one point? We could have won, but we could have lost too."

Stoke City 1-3 Aston Villa

Tony Pulis on his future at the club: "That is up to (chairman) Peter and the Coates family. I have always given my best for the club and always will. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we will get enough points to stay in the Premier League. We want 40 points. That is all we want and nobody has ever heard me say we want this, that or the other. The first target is 40 points and I never get blase about it. Other people might, but I don't."

Paul Lambert: "I thought we were the better team throughout the game. I thought we were absolutely brilliant right from the off. We looked a threat the whole game. There were some colossal performances out there. I am proud of the lads. After going to 1-1 we still kept on going. The second goal - I don't think you'll see a better goal in Europe, let alone Britain. The technique and the actual finish were just world class."

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