"Yes, I was angry", the Arsenal manager remarked after a thrilling cup tie. "Especially in the first half we were out-paced and they played with desire, enthusiasm, quality and they gave us many problems".
Arsene Wenger: "I just believe that the cup is more intense, more concentrated, more focused on the day than any other competition". We are at the top level in the Premier League and we were dominated. We were not compact, and didn't win the duels.
In the last four competitive matches for Arsenal, Giroud has scored four goals and provided two assists.
"He went through a period where he was of course in discomfort because he didn't play and during this period that was quite long. He's shown leadership qualities and that's why he was captain".
Preston took an early lead in the third-round encounter at Deepdale and McGeady played a key role, effortlessly dribbling past two Arsenal players before threading a unsafe through-ball to Jordan Hugill, who teed up Callum Robsinon.
Warriors vs. Trail Blazers
The Warriors are winning a lot of games but they have some little things to fix as they try and get better. No matter how well the Warriors played offensively in the first half, the Blazers continued to answer.
Arsenal made an emphatic start to the second half, with Ramsey smashing the ball into the net from the edge of the box in the opening minute after the restart. The Gunners have suffered a slump in recent weeks and had a hard festive period and are coming into the game following a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth, which they were close to losing after being 3-0 down after 70 minutes. We needed to dig deep to win. "Nobody would have begrudged us if we'd won or drawn because the performance in the first half was as good as I've seen since I've been here".
Preston manager Simon Grayson felt the least his side deserved was a replay.
Preston North End (PNE) which is now in the 11th position in Championship will play against Arsenal which is 5th in Premier League, on 7th January at 5 PM.
He said: "No. We all realised that wasn't good enough for us, for this club". We just didn't score that second goal. "Maybe physically we struggled to get into the game". Preston were never that far in front, though they could have been, and Arsène Wenger did not beat about the bushwhen asked if he had given his players a rocket at half-time.