Gun­ners count lucky stars after ‘for­tu­nate’ win

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARSENE WENGER ad­mit­ted Ar­se­nal were lucky to come away with a nar­row 1-0 vic­tory over Burn­ley after a dis­puted in­jury-time win­ner took them within two points of the Pre­mier League sum­mit.

Burn­ley were left frustrated after de­fender Lau­rent Ko­scielny scored from a cor­ner deep into stop­page time, as the ball re­bounded off his hand and over the line.

De­spite the con­tro­ver­sial fin­ish, a fifth con­sec­u­tive League win moves Ar­se­nal up to third, two points be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City who sur­ren­dered their 100% start in a 2-0 de­feat to sec­ond-placed Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

“I was fum­ing be­cause we played the short cor­ner at the end of the two added min­utes,” said Wenger.

“I was ask­ing why didn’t we take the di­rect cor­ner? I didn’t see it go in, but I’ve been told that we were for­tu­nate to get the goal.”

Burn­ley man­ager Sean Dy­che cut a frustrated fig­ure after the de­feat, which left his newly pro­moted side 14th in the ta­ble.

“It’s a frus­trat­ing way to lose be­cause the goal is hand­ball and it’s six sec­onds over the al­lot­ted two min­utes of in­jury-time. It might not sound a lot, but it was to us,” said Dy­che.

“De­spite the de­feat, there are a lot of pos­i­tives for us to take. We kept Ar­se­nal to very few real chances, so I was pleased de­fen­sively.”

Ar­se­nal went a record ninth game un­beaten in all com­pe­ti­tions and Wenger de­scribed it as a “big win” after City’s de­feat to Spurs.

“It’s a big win be­cause City lost,” said Wenger, adding: “We were five points be­hind them go­ing into this game, and when you get a chance to move closer you can’t miss it, so we have to be pleased with the way we kept go­ing to fi­nally get the win.”

The veteran French boss made just one change from the side that beat Basel in the Cham­pi­ons League mid-week, and con­ceded his play­ers looked jaded at times as they strug­gled to over­come a Burn­ley team which is adapt­ing well after to life back in the top flight.

“We came through what was a big test against a very mo­ti­vated side... Our legs were not as dy­namic and we made some tech­ni­cal mis­takes,” Wenger said.

“Burn­ley made it very dif­fi­cult for us, they played with in­tel­li­gence so I have to pay credit to my team for the way they kept go­ing. You only have a chance to win a game like this if you do that.

“In the end, I thought that it was the kind of game where you can win by a sin­gle goal, or you can lose by a sin­gle goal.” – AFP

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