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Managers: McLeish wants Van Persie action

Managerial reaction from Sunday's FA Cup fourth round matches, with Alex McLeish calling for FA action against Robin van Persie.

 
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Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa

Arsene Wenger: "I felt 2-0 was very harsh for us at half-time, but it was a question of scoring the 2-1 (goal) and keeping our structure and not doing anything silly. Fortunately we got an early 2-1. It is an opportunity but you can see today how difficult the games are. But we played at home, we wanted to qualify and we did it ... I cannot say nothing will happen (in the transfer market) but it would be a little bit of a miracle now. For us the biggest thing is to get our players back. I have spoken to Jack today. His morale is strong. Hopefully we will have good news."

Alex McLeish on Robin van Persie's alleged elbow on Carlos Cuellar: "It was a clear elbow. Would I like the FA to look at it? Yes. Look at my nose, it is a result of elbows all my career. It is something which is dangerous. But the referee did not seem to think there was anything in it. I never mentioned it to the referee. I saw it in real time. I don't like to point the finger at players, but it has happened to mine enough times."

Sunderland 1-1 Middlesbrough

Martin O'Neill: "I am really, really delighted for (Fraizer Campbell) and I think everybody is around here - it's hard not to be with the injuries he has sustained. He took it brilliantly as well - it may well have been his first or second touch ... I did make an enquiry (about Bolton's Kevin Davies) and Owen (Coyle) would obviously want to try to keep him. I may well follow that up tomorrow morning."

Tony Mowbray: "(Barry Robson) came in and he threw his champagne in the bin. He is a very emotional boy, Barry, and yet he epitomises the spirit required as we as a club move on. Particularly in the Championship, you have to fight your corner every minute of every game, and Barry Robson leads from the front in that aspect. He also has a left foot like we have seen. If you were there against Hull a month or so ago, he rifled one in the top corner from 35 yards with his left foot."

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