Wenger: We were ‘a bit fortunate’

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Arsene Wenger admitted that Arsenal should consider themselves lucky after they escaped with a 1-0 win from their Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday. 

Laurent Koscielny scored the winner for the Gunners in stoppage time to give them their fifth win in seven games.

While the victory gave Wenger a day to remember while celebrating 20 years at the club, the 66-year-old admitted that his side were a bit fortunate to walk away with three points.

“We are a bit fortunate today, because we are a bit jaded physically and made some technical mistakes,” he told BBC Sport. “Burnley defended very well and they looked from every corner as if they could score.

“I have not seen the winner but I have been told that we were a little fortunate.”

Wenger admitted that the victory was crucial despite the season still being in its early stages as it leaves Arsenal just two points behind league leaders Manchester City, who suffered their first loss of the 2016/17 campaign after falling 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

“If you want to win the league you have to be efficient at home and win some away games,” he told¬†Sky Sports. “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.”