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Ronald Koeman looked cool, calm and collected just thirty minutes after the final whistle had gone, but he must have been beaming with pride at the post-match press conference at the Emirates Stadium. “We are over the moon. This is an unbelievable result and we have every reason to be awfully proud. We have always believed we could pull off a great result and we proved it tonight”, he said.
“I am proud to be coach of a team that has shown once again that by working hard and with the right attitude you can get results in Europe. This is an unbelievable result and I am very pleased indeed”, he said. “We were again well-organized. We played slightly different than we did two weeks ago in Eindhoven, moving more men forward at times.” Koeman hailed his players for having kept their composure when Arsenal had opened the scoring from an unfortunate own goal. “We got back in the game and when Alex had scored again, we knew we were virtually home and dry. Arsenal did not really press, when they had taken the lead.” Koeman has now reached the Champions League quarter finals for he third time as a coach at three different clubs. Arouna Koné did not enjoy the wonderful and unforgettable evening in London just as much as his team mates. The Ivory Coast striker limped off the pitch on the stroke of half time after Cesc Fabregas had hit his knee with a reckless challenge. Koeman explained: “I’m afraid he will be on the sidelines for two to three weeks, after he has sustained a knee injury. We’ll just have to wait and see. I thought it was a nasty foul. The referee allowed the players to play physically, but he should have shown Fabregas a yellow card.” An MRI scan will be taken in Holland on Thursday to reveal the exact nature of Koné’s knee injury.


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