Date: 3rd October 2016 at 4:02pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been giving his thoughts on yesterday’s victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

With Arsenal taking the late victory with a Laurent Koscienly deflection on 90+ minutes, speaking to the media in his post game press interviews, Wenger knew there was a certain amount of luck involved in the win – especially as many have already pointed out the effort could’ve been ruled out owing to handball/elbow-ball.

Despite dominating possession as you’d expect, Arsenal did only manage ten attempts at goal across the 90 minutes, and we only had two on target (BBC stats), so it was hardly a classic display as the hosts dug in and made life difficult for the side.

Sky Sports have him saying.

‘It was a difficult game. We had to not concede and be patient against a team who are well organised with full spirit. We lacked sharpness and our legs were heavy and that was a game we could win 1-0 and also lose 1-0 on set-pieces.’

As for the winner, he went on to say.

‘I have not seen the replay of our goal and I did not see from the bench it go in. Maybe we were a bit lucky there (handball) then, yes? If you want to win the league you have to be efficient at home and win some away games. We made many technical mistakes today. We wanted to win and knew it could be a big week for us and maybe we played with the handbrake and not enough freedom. It was down to Burnley doing well and us being a bit below our level.’

Sky were also speaking to Koscielny at the full time whistle and he said he ‘didn’t know’ if it had hit his hand as he was concentrating on trying to make the connection with his right foot.

‘I don’t know. I tried to smash the ball with my right foot and after I couldn’t see where the ball was going. I don’t know if I touched the ball with my hand but the ref gave us the goal and we need to respect the decision. It was a hard game. We pushed on the pitch to win this game, and it arrived at the end.’

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added himself.

‘I think it has hit both of us at some point, but it doesn’t really matter, we’ve managed to squeeze it in at the end and that’s one of the biggest wins we’ll have this season. The longer that games goes on, and they kept it 0-0, the tougher it got. We always try, no matter what, to try the same way. At the end we went a little bit more direct, and it paid off with the cross at the end. Credit to them, they played excellently and defended well.’

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