You make your own luck, according to Arsène Wenger.

Arsenal were branded as fortunate by some observers after pulling off an incredible late comeback to beat Norwich 3-1 on Saturday.

Trailing to Michael Turner’s header with only five minutes left, Mikel Arteta converted a controversial penalty. Olivier Giroud then scrambled Arsenal into the lead and Lukas Podolski added a third at the death.

Luck is a combination of attitude and what we provoke

Arsène Wenger

The equaliser was the key moment. The referee appeared to miss Kei Kamara’s pull on Giroud but his assistant alerted the official’s attention. However the Arsenal manager preferred to give his side credit for their determination in a game that appeared to be slipping away.

“Luck is a combination of attitude and what we provoke,” he said. “When you provoke maybe 10 times then one time you have luck, five times it doesn’t work and one or two times bad luck as well.

“But a deliberate foul in the box is a penalty. Can you give every pull of the shirt? I don’t know but they told me as well on the free-kick [for the Norwich goal came when Kamara] tripped himself.

“If you look at the statistics then it’s not completely proven at all that we’ve had more luck [than anyone else] at all.”

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Richard Clarke 14 Apr 2013