Wenger: 'My eyes are not great and my ears are even worse'

Last updated : 23 September 2009 By Chris Parry

"My eyes are not great and my ears are even worse. I could not hear anything from the touchline. Thomas has reacted, and in these cases you always need to control your nerves, whether he has any excuses, I do not know. Jack said he had been kicked.

"Certainly it would have been a great game if had stayed 11 against 11."

"Thomas was very talented, sometimes nervy and impatient as well because he had a lot of talent. I am happy he is coming to the top level now, because he always had something special and on his day was exceptional player. He lacked a bit of confidence, but looks to have found that now."

"When Vela came on, straight away he made a difference. He is dangerous in his control, movement and class. He gives you something special. However he was not ready to start tonight and still has work to do on his fitness, but he is in my plans for the first team - he can play wide left, wide right or central. He gives you plenty of options."

"Overall tonight we played with patience, with cohesion and did not make big mistakes. In the end, the natural outcome was there."