LISTEN: Arsene Wenger reveals half-time team talk from Arsenal’s win over Burnley

3 Oct

Arsene Wenger revealed to talkSPORT what he told his players at half-time to inspire Arsenal’s last gasp win over Burnley.

Laurent Koscielny netted a controversial winner with the last kick of the game as the Gunners claimed all three points at Turf Moor, downing the resilient Clarets.

And having huffed and puffed with no end product in the opening period, Wenger has revealed he told his players to make fewer mistakes if they wanted to earn all three points on the Frenchman’s 20th anniversary as manager of the North London side.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Wenger said: “I told them we have to go more in behind their defenders, and make less technical mistakes than in the first-half.

“And I give merit to my side as they kept patient and kept going.”

Despite the Gunners dominating the ball and having the best of the game, Burnley registered two clear cut chances which they really should have converted.

Sam Vokes missed a free header and Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced Petr Cech into a fine save from close range, and Wenger is well aware his side were fortunate to leave Lancashire with all the points.

“We were a bit fortunate, yes,” he added.

“But we kept going against a very strong Burnley side – it will be very difficult for them to swallow defeat.

“It could have gone both ways this game; we could have won 1-0, we could have lost 1-0 as well. They give a tough game to anybody who comes here, and that’s what we got today.

“We were not as fluent as we can be, not as pacy as we can be, not as accurate in our passing as we can be.

“But the mental aspect of our side was right, the physical a bit less.”

Wenger did comment on Koscielny’s controversial winner, which he appeared to convert from an offside position with his arm, but neither the head coach, nor the defender himself, had any idea whether the goal was good or not.

Wenger continued: “I haven’t seen it yet, and you can see from the bench it is impossible to see.

“I asked Koscielny if it was a regular goal, and he told me ‘I don’t even know because the ball bounced at me and goes in the goal!’”


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