Wenger admits Arsenal were fortunate to beat Burnley

By Isoccer Staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side was fortunate to beat Burnley 1-0 on Sunday.

It appeared as though the Gunners were going to fail to break down a resilient Burnley side, but they eventually managed to score a late goal through Laurent Koscielny.

The centre-back bundled the ball over the line in the dying moments, although there was an element of controversy about the goal, with there being claims that Koscielny handled the ball while there were also suggestions that he was offside.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, Wenger said: “We are a bit fortunate today, because we are a bit jaded physically and made some technical mistakes. Burnley defended very well and they looked from every corner as if they could score. I have not seen the winner but I have been told that we were a little fortunate.

“The impact of the other results today on the morale of the team could have been negative if we had not won. Burnley are a tough team though, everyone will find it hard here. When you come back here you know what it is like to play football back in years past.”

Regardless of their disappointing overall performance, Arsenal managed to extend their winning run in the Premier League to five games. Wenger celebrated 20 years in charge of the club yesterday and this result was an excellent present.

The Gunners lacked the dynamism that has characterised their recent performances, but they will still be delighted with the victory and will be delighted going into the international break.

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