Wenger: Gunners lucky to win via disputed goal
BURNLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
ARSENE Wenger admitted Arsenal were fortunate to come away with a 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.
"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 dejected 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.
"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 who beat Basel in the Champions League mid-week.
He conceded his players looked jaded at times as they struggled to overcome a Burnley team who are adapting well to life after coming back to the top flight.