When Arsenal went to Burnley at the beginning of September, the Gunners were on an 8 game unbeaten run, but the newly-promoted side made a dogged attempt to take something away from the game, until Laurent Koscielny popped up with a controversial winner in the dying minutes.
Arsene Wenger admitted that this was our luckiest winner of the season. “We were very close to drawing and maybe even losing the game because they had one or two chances from set-pieces with Sam Vokes,” Le Prof said. “It was the game where we have maybe been the most lucky because Koscielny touched the ball with his hand for the goal.
“We had a good domination but they defended very well. When we came out of the game I thought, ‘They will not go down’ because of their spirit and organisation. They have strong points there and they accept that they will give you the ball. Not many teams do that and keep their focus.
“They say, ‘OK from the start of the game you have the ball but we might try to kill you at some stage’. You need a special spirit to do that. Once you have 10 years in the Premier League, you have the pressure to do a bit more.
“In the first year, everybody accepts you will do that and that makes them dangerous because they are good at it and they accept it all together. That makes them efficient.”
So Arsenal can expect another tough game tomorrow. Burnley have not been as easy to beat as people expected and are currently 10 points clear of the relegation battle, but the fact is that our opponents have won all their points at home and just the single point on the road so we will be hot favourites. But don’t think it will be easy!