Burnley 0 Arsenal 1
Koscileny 90

Arsene Wenger celebrated his 20 years as Arsenal manager with a vital win and three points at Burnley. After an absorbing, physically and mentally tough encounter against the Clarets, and with time almost up, Laurent Koscielny bundled the ball over the line for the only goal of the game in a late win which now sees the Gunners unbeaten in their last five Premier League games. Wenger was all smiles at the final whistle and acknowledged that with Manchester City suffering their first Premier League loss of the season at White Hart Lane, the win was massive going into the International break.

” It’s a big win because City lost today. We were five points behind them and when you are five points behind a top quality team, when you have an opportunity to get a bit closer you cannot miss it. And that would’ve been the negative aspect of our game today had we not won.

” I must say, I am long enough in the job to know that you feel disappointed if you are in Burnley’s shoes because they gave absolutely everything and you can understand that they are a bit gutted to lose a game like that because they had put all the effort in to get the result,” said Wenger.

On the back of their midweek Champions League exertions an the 2-0 win over Basel, there were elements of tiredness in the Gunners play, but thankfully following their 4-1 at Hull City, another trip up, North has seen Arsenal return with another win.

” It was a big test for us because I think we were motivated, we had the attitude right and our legs were not as dynamic as in recent games. Our technique as well, we made some technical mistakes today. I must say, Burnley made it difficult for us. They defended very well, they were very well organised in a very intelligent way and I give the merit to my team.

” We kept going until the end, we got a bit lucky as well, a bit fortunate to win the game in the end but you can only have the chance to win it if you keep going. It was the kind of game we could’ve won 1-0 and we could’ve lost 1-0 as well. Burnley makes everybody suffer here and I think that will last until the end of the season,” continued Wenger.

Wenger is the Premier League’s longest serving manager and has seen many changes in his two decades in North London, with his ideas on for example coaching, style of football and player diets by and large being copied at other clubs. Wenger’s three Premier League titles and six FA Cup wins count for a very successful period for the club, and the Gunners came tantasingly close to a Champions League win in 2006.

Wenger’s stats are a very impressive P1130 W656 D250 L224 F2027 A1097 WIN 58%

In his first game in charge, Arsenal beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Ewood Park on OCT 12 1996

He has won 9 major trophies, 3 Premier League titles and 6 FA Cups

Arsenal have finished in the Premier League top 4 in ALL 19 full seasons

Wenger has faced 117 different teams and used 209 players

The most appearances were by Patrick Vieira with 402

The most goals scored were by Thierry Henry with 228

With a settled side and one which is coming to terms with the unique and changeable demands of the games they have played in, if they continue in that vein, Wenger’s latest Arsenal side could be there to add for more silverware to the Gunners haul.