Wenger concedes Arsenal were lucky
Arsene Wenger accepted he was lucky to celebrate 20 years in charge of Arsenal with a Premier League victory after Laurent Koscielny’s controversial stoppage-time winner sank Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor.
Wenger, officially appointed Arsenal boss 20 years and one day ago, looked set to mark his anniversary in frustrating fashion as the Gunners mis-fired in the face of some gallant Burnley defending.
Sean Dyche’s side had gone closest to breaking the deadlock and there was also a hint of offside with both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Koscielny standing close to the goalline.
“I must say, you feel disappointed if you’re in Burnley’s shoes because they gave absolutely everything and you can understand they will be a bit gutted to lose like that because they put all the effort in to get a result,” Wenger said.
Victory, Arsenal’s seventh in eight games in all competitions and their fifth straight Premier League success, lifted Wenger’s side up to third in the table and closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to two points.
“We were a bit fortunate to win the game, but you can only have a chance to win if you keep going,” Wenger said.
Dyche also felt Koscielny was offside when he turned the ball home.
“There were a number of things,” he added. “You can only think the referee’s honest enough and will probably have a tough night driving home thinking about things.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger not too happy with how his side is handling Burnley.