Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was furious on the Arsenal bench when Mesut Ozil took a short corner before the goal.
With just seconds to go, the Gunners had a chance to get a ball into the box, but instead the German played it short to Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean’s cross was nodded on by Theo Walcott and bundled in by Laurent Koscielny, but in those few seconds the Arsenal manager was not best pleased.
Asked if he thought the goal should have stood in his post-game press conference, Wenger revealed he didn’t even see the ball go on such was his ire.
“I was fuming because we played a short corner,” he said. “It looked to me like we were at the end of the two minutes – why did we not take a direct corner?
“And I didn’t see the ball going in. But I’ve been told, yes, by the television, that we were a bit fortunate to have the goal allowed.”
And the Frenchman had some sympathy for Burnley after their defensive efforts came to nought.
“I must say, I am long enough in the job to know that you feel disappointed if you are in Burnley’s shoes because they gave absolutely everything,” he said.
“You can understand that they are a bit gutted to lose a game like that because they had put all the effort in to get the result.”
Which is very magnanimous of him, because we don’t. Although we do share his dislike of short corners.