Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for his defence and claimed that they won us all three points after a battling performance at Burnley.
The relegation strugglers have given the likes of Manchester City, Spurs and Man United trouble at Turf Moor, taking five points from a possible nine.
Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny stood tall amid several aerial bombardments, which was eventually the key to gaining the vital win.
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“We had to fight, we had to be combative until the end and we couldn’t score the second goal,” Wenger told journalists post-match, reported here by Arsenal’s official website.
“Our defenders played well today and won us the three points.”
Clean-sheets at this stage of the season are especially impressive as teams fight for their lives and, in this case, for their survival. Our first choice partnership will be vital until the end of the season and one gets the feeling that Wenger is in no mood to experiment and this stage of the campaign.
Gabriel wasn’t included in the squad and David Ospina continued in goal – ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’.
However, next season, the Brazilian January signing will hope to replace Mertesacker in our starting XI, forming a potentially excellent partnership with Koscielny at the back.
Whether Wojciech Szczesny will win his place back between the sticks is another matter of course, with links to Petr Cech resurfacing, via Sky Sports today.