"Look, it is a gamble if a guy has not played for a long time, and his last performance was not convincing against Chelsea, but he has worked hard in training and deserved a chance.
"We know that when he has the mind on the game, he has the qualities. I believe tonight he had a good game. He has the stature, he has good technical quality, he has quite good pace.
"We had him as a boy of 15 or 16 and I made him sign a long contract twice, so that means I always believed in his qualities."
On the game...
"We had a good night because we had a good control of the game. We had some great technical quality and keep a clean sheet. We couldn't take all the chances we created, but overall it was a very convincing performance."
"We have just to keep winning to have a chance, and not worry too much about the others."
"We have a very heavy schedule, that's why as well I had to rest some players today and to rotate.
"There is little distance between Everton and the Napoli game. We play Wednesday night in Naples and Saturday morning at Man City, so for us it is a very, very heavy schedule."
"It is not fair or unfair, it is just no co-ordination between the television choices because you would say that we could have played on Saturday against Everton and we could play Sunday or Monday against Man City. It looks strange that we play Saturday morning and our next game after that is Monday night against Chelsea nine days later.
"Especially when there is little time between a decisive Champions League game on Wednesday night and Saturday 12.45pm."
Source: Arsenal World