It was a hard-fought game against plucky Burnley yesterday, but Arsenal finally came away with the three points in the end thanks to the last minute penalty from Alexis Sanchez. But Arsene Wenger feels that Arsenal were far the better team especially in the second half, and he was extra impressed with our back three yet again.
“We kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com. “We won 1-0, but I’d like to congratulate our three centre-backs again today, because they did a remarkable job.
“I give us a merit today because we didn’t concede a goal. Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half. We kept our heads and in the end we got the penalty that we wanted. The first half was an even game but in the second half it was all us.
“We changed our organisation a bit at half-time and I told the players that we were at 80 per cent of what we could do. We had to get more out of ourselves in the second half and I think we did that much better.
“I thought the draw would have been a disappointment today, even if Burnley are a very good team. You understand, when you look at them, why they are a very good team and why they have 22 points. We were on a high after Tottenham and I think it was important to push on again to strengthen the belief and the ambition of the team.”
The Gunners definitely look like a more organized, determined team in the last couple of weeks and the boost of leapfrogging the Spuds into the top four should make us extremely hard to beat from now on. An away win at last, and the chance to make it 12 home wins in a row on Wednesday should set us up nicely for the visit of Man United nnext weekend….