The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

IN THE GROVE: Plaudits for true grit

    Published: 6 October, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    ARSENE Wenger lauded the “patience and maturity” that his side showed on Sunday following their last-gasp victory away at Burnley. 

    In the very last attack of the game at Turf Moor Theo Walcott’s header across goal found Laurent Koscielny, who somehow managed to kick the ball against his own arm and past keeper Tom Heaton to earn the Gunners a controversial winner. 

    Wenger was quick to praise the battling attitude on display. 

    “It’s fantastic because we got three unexpected points,” said the Arsenal boss. “I have to give the credit to my side because we kept going and going. 

    “We were a bit jaded, physically and mentally, but we absolutely wanted to win the game. In the end it was maybe a bit of a fortunate goal. 

    “We could have lost the game on a set-piece early in the second half but instead we won it on a set-piece. That’s surprising as that is not our strongest attribute at the moment in the side. 

    “Burnley certainly made us suffer right until the last second. 

    “It shows that our squad is mature and that we can be patient when we need to be, to keep going and score a goal. 

    “We didn’t concede against Chelsea, we didn’t concede against Basel in the Champions League, and we didn’t concede against Burnley,” Wenger added.

    “The defenders deserve double the credit because, not only did they not concede they also scored a vital goal.” 

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