Wenger: 'We controlled the game from start to finish'

Last updated : 16 February 2003 By Chris Parry

"They tried to intimidate us but we kept our heads. It was a composed performance. We didn't react to them and the new pitch meant we could come out of their physical challenges with short passes."

"It was an outstanding performance, and we controlled the game from the first minute to the last. This win will give us confidence and belief for the rest of the season."

Too true it will. I commented before the game that this match could have as big an effect as the semi finals of '99, and this time we have come out of it well and truly on top both psychologically, and in terms of pure footballing ability.