Arsenal have been on a mission to make up for lost points after a slow start to the season. Arsenal have now won eight matches in a row, a first since their invincible season back in 2004.
Arsenal are now the first team this season to have won eight matches in a row, starting after their 2-1 defeat to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Welsh star Aaron Ramsey’s solitary goal was enough to claim three points at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Their one-nil victory against Burnley has been described as gritty and workmanlike. However, given Arsenal’s recent history of failing to grind victories out, the victory was seen as a step forward in the race for the Premier League title.
Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, spoke about the disbelief of the current form of his team.
“I always hope the best of my team but no manager in the world if he is serious can predict a run like that.”
Speaking of Arsenal’s one-nil victory away to Burnley, Wenger acknowledged that winning is not always about the scoreline but rather the result.
“Sometimes you cannot always win 3-1 or 4-1 or 5-1,” the Arsenal manager explained.
“You have to be capable as well to win 1-0 and I am glad we can do that as well. We know we can play with sharpness and fluency but we know that today was a bit more scrappy, more fighting, more combative and we can produce that side as well.”
Wenger boasted, “I would just remind you that we won a championship without losing a game. Nobody else has done that.”
Arsenal’s French striker, Olivier Giroud, spoke about rekindling the spirit of the 2004 invincible team.
“We know about the record of the Invincibles. It’s really good for us to be near that and I’m really proud to take part. But we don’t want to stop here. We want to carry on and keep this good run going until the end.”
Despite the recent upturn in form, it is still unlikely that Arsenal will able to catch the leaders, Chelsea, who are now seven points ahead with a game in hand.
Arsenal will now head into next weekend knowing that all that stands between them and a second consecutive FA Cup finals at Wembley Stadium.
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