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Arsenal wins 8th consecutive game, stays in title race – coach reacts

April 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Premier League

Barclays Premier League: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal 

With seven consecutive EPL wins the odds on an eighth were statistically slim (the record is 14) but the Gunners got got over the line again.Here is what arsenal coach Arsene Wenger had to say after the difficult away win:

on the win…
I’m pleased with the performance because it was a more fighting performance than a fluent performance. Many people question us on that side but I would first say that I’m surprised by the quality of Burnley. It would be a shame if they go down because they are fantastically well organised, they press very well, they have a great solidarity, they are very fit and I understand now why they took points from the big teams here. We had to fight, we had to be combative until the end and we couldn’t score the second goal. Our defenders played well today and won us the three points.

on a different test to the Liverpool win…
It was a different test. At some stages at the start of the second half I thought we were under pressure to concede a goal because we didn’t start very well. In the last 20 minutes it looked like they got a little bit tired and we could have scored a second goal. There were periods in the game where we need to be tight, well organised and calm at the back, and I think our defenders and goalkeeper deserve credit.

on Arsenal being more composed…
When you look at the number of players we had out for four months, not two weeks, since the start of the season, we have had our squad back since January and that makes a difference.

on the title race…
Nothing has changed. Chelsea are still too comfortable. We need a perfect run and we need a non-perfect run from them. We cannot master that, we can only master our attitude. I feel they are still in a comfortable position.

on putting Chelsea under pressure…
We want to keep winning because we have to look behind us as well. Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham are behind us but we have made a little bit of distance between us. Manchester United and Manchester City are closer to us.

on winning eight games in a row…
We don’t want to stop the run. We’ve won 16 of the last 18 so we are consistent. There’s a good attitude in the team and great quality. Let’s see. It’s a challenge for a team not to forget how much it hurts to lose a game and focus on winning the next one.

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