Quotes of the Week: Wenger, Redknapp, Lampard and more...

17:20 14 December 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (centre) on the touchline at Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (centre) on the touchline at Bradford. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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With another week of sporting drama done and dusted and with the weekend only hours away, London24 brings you the best quotes of the last seven days.


"You feel embarrassed when you don't give everything but I feel the team did fight and they will be more disappointed and frustrated. It's disappointing but congratulations to Bradford. They defended well, started stronger than us and in the second half and extra time it was all us but we couldn’t convert our chances."

Arsene Wenger refuses to criticise his side for getting knocked out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two Bradford.


"(Tuesday night) was simply not good enough and it made us all upset and angry. I would like to apologise to all of you (the supporters), especially the fans who travelled up there. It was unbelievable support as ever and you deserved better. That is something we will work hard to put right. We all work here and are desperate to deliver the success and trophies we all want. Look into the eyes of the staff here, look at the way they all talk. We will get this right."

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis speaks to fans after their humiliating Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford


"Believe me, I am highly focused on doing that and all the rest, that doesn't interfere with my thinking at all."

Arsene Wenger brushes off the criticism after Arsenal were embarrassed by League Two Bradford


"We are a united staff team. We cannot control lies which are written. What is important for us now is the future, how we do in the Premier League, the Champions League and FA Cup, not whether we are out of the Capital One Cup or not."

Arsene Wenger says there is no rift with assistant Steve Bould


"Wow Uefa ain't serious with their punishment... So showin a sponsor is worst than racism and fighting!"

QPR defender tweets his disappointment at Uefa handing Serbia a £65,000 fine for the trouble that marred their Under-21 game with England.


"It’s a tag that if he has gained it is unfair, but it doesn't bother him in any way shape or form so we keep doing our job."

Andre Villas-Boas on the diving tag attached to Gareth Bale after he revelead that Spurs received a visit from a referee this week


"It's a title, a title Chelsea have never won, so we want to win it because it would be good for us for the rest of the season."

Chelsea's David Luiz on Sunday's Club World Cup final clash with Corinthians


"I used to watch him on the TV and used to be in awe of what he did on the pitch. To be playing against him is amazing, he was one of the players I looked up to when I was growing up and he was a role model of mine."

Femi Ilesanmi on facing Edgar Davids when Dagenham & Redbridge host Barnet


"I have been impressed with the way the players have performed, the way they have trained and the way they have worked. But I can't get anymore out of them. There is nothing else I can do but keep trying to get them to perform to their maximum. If, at the end of the day, it isn't good enough I can't do anymore."

Harry Redknapp gets his excuses in early over QPR’s battle to avoid relegation


"It's been nothing short of a disaster."

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes tweets from the beach about the Hoops’ season so far


"[Arsenal's interest] was concrete, but they wanted me to be a controller in the midfield, an Emmanuel Petit-type."

Spurs' Jan Vertonghen reveals that he snubbed a move to Arsenal


"The ball is in Chelsea's court. I'm a Chelsea player, as simple as that. I've had a great, great time here. Maybe things don't last forever. Although I want it to last forever, you have to be big enough to know what it is."

The end is nigh for Frank Lampard's Chelsea career as the midfielder reveals there have been no talks over a new contract


"For sure, he's a fantastic player, a great professional - there's no doubt about this. Also, when I talk to the people in charge, they are telling me the same, so nobody has any doubt about his condition, his levels, his quality. So the decision could be analysing different things, not just the quality of the player."

Rafa Benitez all but spells the end of the Lampard era at Chelsea


"Rune [Hauge - Brede Hangeland's agent] is a good guy so if we can strike a deal then we will do that. He loves it here so it would be a bit strange if he goes to another club because he loves it here. He is team captain. I don't think he will find a better club than we are and if he does he is entitled to go wherever he wants. But I still feel that we have a big chance of keeping (him) here."

Fulham boss Martin Jol expects Brede Hangeland to sign a new deal


"Mino, my friend, said that Balotelli is probably as expensive as the Mona Lisa, the painting. You know how much that costs? It will probably be impossible for us."

But Jol laughs off links to Manchester City's Mario Balotelli


"Diame does have a release clause in his three-year contract. He joined us from Wigan on a free transfer. I don't disclose players' contracts publicly - there's always a situation where you're powerless to keep a player because of the size of the price."

Sam Allardyce admits Mo Diame could be prized away from West Ham, at the right price


"I was distressed to read reports about a glass being thrown, I witnessed the events myself. Karl Robinson was being escorted to the team coach, some of our fans were goading him and Karl Robinson reacted. There was almost an incident but our stewards stepped in. Some beer was thrown, most of which hit our operations manager and a couple of stewards. I can categorically say no glass was thrown at Karl Robinson."

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin denies national newspaper reports that Bees fans attacked MK Dons manager Karl Robinson with a pint glass.


"I've said it 100 times, he's destined for the Premier League, which is tough from a personal point of view. Hopefully, with Brentford, he'll play in the Premier League one day."

Brentford's other keeper Richard Lee on the club’s number one Simon Moore


"Cricket's got a silly way of biting your arse. You can't look at it like that. As players you can't look that far ahead. You just have to keep trucking; if you get carried away and start looking ahead, silly things could happen. Unfortunately, as a player, you've got to have that mentality."

Alastair Cook keeps his feet on the ground after leading England to a second successive Test win in India, and bagging an all-time century record for himself




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