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Arsenal: Quotes of the season

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It has been another mixed season for Arsenal (©GettyImages)
It has been another mixed season for Arsenal (©GettyImages).

Another season has gone by and for Arsenal it was another roller-coaster of emotions. 

From the height of pride after beating Bayern Munich 2-0 in Germany, to the lowest embarrassment of losing to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, but at the end of it, they were still celebrating after clinching yet another top-four finish.

The Gunners had been questioned all season and their chances of finishing in the top-four were doubted by everyone involved in the game, but on the final day of the season, they were able to prove all the doubters wrong.

A 1-0 win over Newcastle United was enough for Arsene Wenger's men to finish above Tottenham, despite at one-point being seven-points behind their fierce rivals.

So throughout a season of major ups-and-downs plenty of things have been said by people involved with Arsenal.

Quotes following signings, departures, victories and losses and here are a select few from the manager and the players.

Quotes taken from Arsenal's official website.

Arsene Wenger on signing Santi Cazorla:

"Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad. He is a versatile, attacking midfield player who can play comfortably on either side of the pitch or centrally. He has good pace, is technically gifted and will be a huge asset to Arsenal Football Club."

Arsene Wenger on the departure of Robin van Persie:

“We are prepared and had anticipated the situation for a long, long time. We didn't manage to extend Van Persie's contract, we had to act and that is what we did."

Jack Wilshere on his long-awaited return to first-team football:

"From the moment that I went out there, the fans were great. Even before the game when I was meeting Arsenal fans they were positive and all I can do now is prove to them that I can get back to the level I was at before and show then what I can do."

Andrey Arshavin on beating Reading 5-7 in the Capital One Cup:

"I have lost twice 7-1, once I lost 8-3 and once I won 9-3 and now 7-5. But this game was one I will remember always because it was from 4-0 down and I don't think anyone here believed that we could come back. But we did it and we deserved to win."

Per Mertesacker after scoring his first goal:

"It was very good to score because we were one man up and they were dropping off. I kept standing in the box and tried to be lucky. The ball from Theo was very good and it was a good day to score."

Arsene Wenger on extending five British players' contracts:

“We are delighted that these five young players have all signed new long-term contracts. The plan is to build a team around a strong basis of young players, in order to get them to develop their talent at the Club."

Arsene Wenger after loss to Bradford City:

"It’s difficult to play this kind of game. I know people will say ‘it’s League Two’, but a cup game is a cup game. In football you always have a chance if you give everything. They did that tonight and we put ourselves in a difficult situation by being 1-0 down."

Theo Walcott on signing a new contract:

"It is difficult to play and block out that side of it, but I tried to do the best I could and hopefully everyone was happy with what I did. I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the Club have come to an agreement… There has been so much speculation for so long, and I am very pleased my future is sorted."

Arsene Wenger's final quote of the season:

"They've shown a combination of quality but attitude as well. In the modern day, I always admire the way they behaved and their focus every day in training. We had some big lows with Bradford, with Blackburn and with Bayern at home. You could never see that the players could dismantle or that the group was not united. That's not easy in the modern game."

 

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