Wenger: We need to continue winning

“Champions League football is not guaranteed, but we can do it if we keep our performances at that level. We have gone through difficult times, we have learnt that nothing is guaranteed and that we have to keep humility and focus to finish the season in a strong and convincing way.”

“I didn’t expect (to be in 3. place) because it did not only depend on us. We needed our results and results in our favour from our opponents and in the last month it has turned our way so we have to make sure that we keep the momentum.”

“We look to be a team that is on the up so that is a positive. I felt it was a very dynamic, fluent performance in the first half with technical quality and it was a controlled one in the second half.”

“We controlled the game and managed not to concede a goal, our fatigue maybe set it because we had to give a lot at Everton on Wednesday night. Koscielny has tendinitis in his knee. I don’t know what position he woke up in, but he couldn’t walk properly. He tried in the warm up and couldn’t play. We called somebody up and straight away after the first run he said he couldn’t even move it was so bad.”

“Overall I’m very happy, very please, because we managed to score goals and not concede goals and we have consistency at the moment. I feel we have gained a lot our confidence in our play out from the back and that makes a massive difference, when you have the security to play out the ball it allows the team to be much more confident.”

“What people forget is when you play at home and you have the ambition we have, you need full-backs that go forward and we played for a long time without the centre-backs and full-backs, it kills your offensive drive and we went through the middle and relied on Van Persie.”

“We have more variation now in our build-up again, therefore we are more dangerous. Walcott scored a great goal, have to give him credit. I would like to give credit to the pass of Song. You will not see many defensive midfielders make as many assists as him, if you look at Song this season, you will see that his numbers are top in Europe.”

Yaya on draw agains’t Stoke City

“It is really important now not to panic. Today we drew against a good team. It is always tough to play against Stoke, but I think the most important thing is to keep going, continuing to work hard.”

“Hopefully if United can continue to drop points that will be important for the title race. I think we have to work hard and continue being ourselves. It is difficult because of the pressure and away it is always more difficult.”

“Stoke are very hard and very strong on the break and I think we deserved to draw today because Stoke did play very well and cause us a lot of problems. I think the most important thing is that we keep winning and wait for Monday and see what United do.”

Kolo Toure: “It is always difficult to come to the Britannia. Every time u play against Stoke you know it will be a difficult game, particularly away. I think today we are a little disappointed with two points dropped but at the end of the day I think it is a good result.”

“This is a title race and it is very important. We will watch the United game on Monday and hope they don’t do very well. From now on we need to think of every game like a final. Today I think we played a good game.”

“Stoke played very well. They put us under pressure. The reaction was great. It was a fabulous strike from Yaya and now we are looking forward to the next game.”

Redknapp happy with a draw agains’t Chelsea

“I think it is still there (3. position in Premiership) – it’s not over. Arsenal have had a great run and they have done fantastic but they’ve had a bit of luck like we all need. Sometimes you get that little bit of luck and it can make the difference.”

“You know that can turn just as easily – maybe we can start knocking in a few late goals in and it doesn’t go their way. It’s all to play for still. It’s not a done deal that Arsenal will finish third, no I don’t think so.”

“As I’ve said before, it’s not as if we have been playing badly. (We have) just not had a couple of results but we have been playing well and if we had been playing badly I would be worried.”

Meanwhile, Di Matteo had different point of view: “We were looking to win the game and close the gap on Spurs, that was our idea today. I think we always knew that it was going to be a difficult task but there are still eight games to play and we will try to win as many as we can to try and get into fourth spot.”

“Fourth spot is very important for our club. I wouldn’t say that’s the priority now but certainly for the future of our club it’s at the top. To make the gap up, we would need to win all of them (rest of the matches). I’m not sure it’s as easy as that. You look at the fixture list and you just have to try and win the next one and go for the next one.”

Aguero: I won’t leave City

“None of the stories about Real Madrid have come from me and the City fans can rest assured I am happy here. First and foremost, the major aim is to win the league title this season. Then I want to stay here for a long time after that.”

“I’m very, very happy here. From the moment I arrived, everyone has treated me really well. It’s down to me to repay that kindness and good feeling I’ve had from everyone with some performances out on the field.”

“It would be lovely to score 30 — but the most important thing is the team getting the right results at the end of the day. The main thing about scoring is not setting targets for yourself but scoring the goals that win points for the team.”

On Tevez: “He was really keen to play, he was bursting to get out there on the field. We all know he’s an important player for us, a key player. With the nine games remaining in the season, I think he can bring a lot to the side. If and when selected, I think it’s an important time for him to come back. He’s got five years’ experience of playing in the Premier League. We have a lot of good players here and he is one other player. But he will be very, very important to us because he’s one in a long list of top-quality players at this club. He will bring a lot to the party for what remains of the season. Through what happened and the situation that came about, I’ve not had much chance to play with Carlos.”

“But what we have done between the three of us — myself, Mario and Edin — is to give a good account of ourselves in terms of goalscoring. We’ve done fairly well but it would be nice to have Carlos on board to add goals to the threesome. But it’s down to the manager and hopefully he continues to pick me.”

On comeback agains’t Chelsea: “That’s what it’s all about in a title race, not giving up. We are fighting for the title, we have confidence. We’re the sort of team who know if we go behind we can come back and win the game.”

“The key is we are in a position now where we can’t afford to drop any points. Manchester United are quite experienced in these title chases but we have to focus on ourselves.”

“We have dropped a few points here and there along the way but that’s in the past. We are playing well and we must carry on in that vein and concentrate on not letting more points go — that’s the key to it.”

Nasri: We’re going to win Premiership

“After Swansea we could not say anything. We had a really bad game, they played really well, and we were a little bit tired after the trip from Lisbon. But after that we recovered and we talked, and said a few things, that we came here to win titles.”

“We said that we need to be focused because the 10 games that are left are 10 Champions League finals and we want to win them. Since then we have shown great character against Sporting and now against Chelsea.”

“There will always be someone there to criticise. Not everyone can like City – there will be some who will say we were weak on Wednesday night. But inside the club we believe that we can achieve something together, and that is most important.”

“I am not nervous. I play football to play in this type of game – since I was a kid. I love football, and on Wednesday, when you see the atmosphere, the crowd, and the football both teams played – everyone wants to play in this kind of game.”

“You have to do something special in this kind of game. Sometimes a player can have pressure, and when a team is winning they try to defend. Then it needs something to open the game.”

“Carlos did it with his assist when I scored, and Sergio did it with the penalty. You need that in this type of game, otherwise you will not win it – the goals will not fall from the sky.”