By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger is unsure where Arsenal’s new-found knack of scoring, and conceding, late goals has come from.

Last-minute goals have been scored in the Gunners’ last six games and not always in the right net from an Arsenal perspective. Rafael da Silva and Aaron Lennon notched in stoppage time for Manchester United and Tottenham respectively while Gael Clichy (Stoke), Emmanuel Adebayor (West Ham), Theo Walcott (Everton) and Cesc Fabregas (Sunderland) have struck late for Wenger’s side.

Speaking at Friday’s pre-match press conference, the manager couldn’t put his finger on the reason for that statistic but he was certain that it was not good news for his nervous system.

“I believe that it’s a coincidence but it’s not very good for my heart,” said Wenger.  “We have chased the game many times and we can score late and we can concede late goals, like we did against Tottenham and at Sunderland for example.

“I don’t know why though, there is no real rational explanation. You could say that sometimes you feel the game is won like against Tottenham. Sometimes we have to chase the game, throw everything forward and then we score late."

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14 Nov 2008