Wenger: 'At least we are still in the Cup'

Last updated : 09 January 2011 By Chris Parry

"I must say at first that it was a very difficult game because it was a real cup game and Leeds were up for it, they played well. It was the kind of game where you felt that it was important not to go 1-0 down.

"When we were 1-0 down I felt that Szczesny kept us in the game with a good save from Becchio's header. We looked like we would come back, but we were short of time and it was important to keep the momentum and not to go out today because that would have been a shocker."

"Even when we equalised we still had three chances at 1-1, but we couldn't take them.

"At least we are still in the Cup and hopefully we can do it at Leeds."

"It was not exactly the wish I had before the game but it was the second worst wish. The worst would have been to go out. We go to Ipswich on Wednesday, we play West Ham on Saturday and then the replay of the FA Cup is after that.

"It is a good warning that we got today, but we knew before the game that Leeds went to Old Trafford last year and won, and they had a draw at Tottenham.

"Overall this team have belief in that competition, from last year certainly.

"They did very well, very aggressive but in a good way, not a negative way, they closed us down everywhere and we had problems to pass through their lines. They were dangerous as well and it was important for us not to give a goal away, but we did.

"Leeds were well organised, they were quickly on us and maybe our game was not quick enough to get out of their pressure."