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‘I give us a merit… we kept our heads’

Alexis scored the late, late goal to beat Burnley - but the clean sheet was just as crucial to our last-gasp win.

We were put under significant pressure at Turf Moor, especially from crosses, but our back three of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal stood firm.

“We kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“We won 1-0, but I’d like to congratulate our three centre-backs again today, because they did a remarkable job.

“I give us a merit today because we didn’t concede a goal. Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half. We kept our heads and in the end we got the penalty that we wanted. The first half was an even game but in the second half it was all us.

“We changed our organisation a bit at half-time and I told the players that we were at 80 per cent of what we could do. We had to get more out of ourselves in the second half and I think we did that much better.

“I thought the draw would have been a disappointment today, even if Burnley are a very good team. You understand, when you look at them, why they are a very good team and why they have 22 points. We were on a high after Tottenham and I think it was important to push on again to strengthen the belief and the ambition of the team.”

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