Wenger on the win, key decisions & his cup ambitions

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Arsene Wenger was pleased that his mix-and-match Arsenal side overcame Norwich’s stubborn defence as a brace from 18-year-old striker Eddie Nketiah saw the Gunners through the quarter-finals after extra-time.

Here’s what the boss said to Sky Sports about the performance.

On beating a tough opponent…

It was a difficult game, Norwich have not lost for eight or nine games and you could see why. Defensively they were very solid. We struggled a little bit to create clear cut chances. They marked very tight. It was very difficult for us to find some space. Overall that [the equaliser] was a big lift.

On Elneny getting a yellow instead of a red…

I don’t think it was a clear goal scoring opportunity, this is a grey area. Sometimes you get a red, sometimes you get a yellow.

On the late Norwich penalty claim dismissed by the referee…

I have to watch it again, I don’t know. Maybe it was. I don’t know, honestly. We got a penalty recently that was not a penalty at all. That’s part of the game.

On trying to win the Carabao Cup…

We try to go as far as we can and to try and win every competition that we are in. This team has played a very difficult game last week in Belgrade and tonight again they had to dig deep. For us it’s good to have a mixture of experienced players who need competition and young players who learn very well from this competition.

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