Wenger agrees that Arsenal were lucky against Palace

This is becoming so regular it is becoming monotonous for Arsenal fans. The Gunners fly into a comfortable lead, try to defend, then end up conceding one and fighting like madmen to try to stop the equalizer. This is exactly what happened yesterday against Crystal Palace and we got our lucky break when our opponents hit the post instead of scoring in the dying seconds.

Normally Arsene Wenger would have blamed the referee, or the pitch, or the dodgy water bottles, but this time he has clearly agreed that his team were lucky to leave Selhurst Park with all three points. When asked directly if the Gunners had “ridden their luck” he replied: “Perhaps, yes but it was about fighting and playing. Crystal Palace are a team who played with high intensity, a very direct game and for us it was important to resist and try to play.

“We did that well but at 2-0 at half-time we came out in the second half much more to protect our advantage than to continue to play and put them under pressure. We missed goal number three and when they came back to 2-1 we were a bit lucky, a bit fortunate. Overall we did fight and it was in the end a very important win for us.

“Certainly they thought that it was done and we know in the Premier League that it’s never done, especially at 2-0. With that ball on the post we were a bit fortunate.

“We can learn from every game. I believe that the players know that maybe they switched off a little bit too early. Overall I still must say that our central defenders played very well today against a very direct and a very physical game at the back. They did well, so overall I’m pleased to have won three points in a place like this. We know now that we have played two more away games than home games, and it will be down to how strong we are at home. I feel quite strong and let’s just continue to fight and be tight until the end.”

We were also fortunate that Man United got beat by Swansea after taking the lead and we have now regained our rightful place in the Top Four, whatever happens today between Southampton and Liverpool, but I can see many many more of these heart-stopping finishes before the end of the season finally comes.

Why can’t we just win a few games comfortably for a change?

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  1. Greg says:

    Wenger is right! Palace did give us a run for our money, they showed fight and determination! But we too fought and squeezed out 3 precious points at the end, although we switched off in the dying minutes which could have cost us all 3 points! But at the end 3 priceless points, that im greatful for, palace did make a match out of it though!

  2. RWRW says:

    Just another point to make. A premier league club shouldn’t be allowed to get away with having such a poor pitch in this day and age.

    1. almostawinner says:

      100% sure grass was long was on purpose. did u see how many times we slipped & couldnt change directions quickly etc. it hurt them too , of course, but it hurt us more.

  3. Sank89 says:

    We now have some awesome squad-
    GK -Oooospina, Schesney,Martinez
    Def – Debuchy, Bellerin, Chambers, Merts, Kosc, Gabrial, Gibbs, Monreal ( Jenks on loan)
    Mid – Arteta, Coquilan, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Roscisky, Cazorla, Ozil, OX
    Att – Walcott, Welbeck, Sanchez, Giroud, Akpom (Sanogo on loan)

    And many youngsters.

    If we could just get DM and Striker in Summer

  4. Tyno says:

    For a change? That’s if we don’t win the league this season?

  5. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Got to feel for Alan Fartdue.

  6. RWRW says:

    Oh and also off topic. Ron Vlaar’s horrendous display yesterday shows why he is no where near good enough for arsenal. Stop those rumours right away

  7. BarryL says:

    Yes we were lucky ManUre lost, but they’ve had that coming – with their “lucky” form over last 20 games.
    It would make the weekend if Saints draw with LiverBirds, and the Hammers beat the Spuds

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