Wenger: 'Sol is a lion on the pitch'

Last updated : 28 August 2003 By Chris Parry
He said: "Sol is a lion on the pitch, but he is sensitive as well. For a while, he was a bit upset by what happened to him. Once he had decided to go on and just play, to show how strong he is, he has that kind of inner strength that helps him to get over these kind of things."

Of the performance in general he said: "We played well against a good Villa side. They were well organised and frustrated us a lot. We played brilliant football early on and created the chances to be 2-0 or 3-0 up.

"We didn't take them but we remained mentally strong and had a bit of a lucky goal when Samuel hit the ball towards his goal, although Sol reacted quickly. After that, we were never really under great pressure and this was a game when we showed our maturity."