Wenger con­cedes Arse­nal were lucky

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY MARK WALKER/

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.

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