Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has attributed their 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League on Saturday to luck.
This is Arsenal first league win over Spurs since 2014.
The luck, Wenger believes was because Alex Sanchez did not play during the international break, while Alenzandre Lacazette played only a game.
Wenger in an interview on BBCsports after the game noted that, aside that these two players were fit for the match, added the Gunners did not lose focus defensively for the entire duration of the match.
“In a derby, urgency plays a part. We had that on our side. We didn’t lose defensive focus for 90 minutes.
“We were lucky Alexis Sanchez didn’t play in the international break and Alexandre Lacazette only played one game.
“I’m convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it he can produce it. He got a standing ovation because he added to the team the defensive job. He’s not a specialist in that but he can do that because he’s an intelligent man.
But Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who thinks that the game was even “ in terms of shots on target, off target, possession,” expressed disappointment because of the questionable calls that resulted in both goals.
“It is obvious you saw what happened in the game and the small details were against us, it makes it difficult to win.
“I do not need to say anything; it was obvious for everyone here and watching at home. It is not easy to accept because we lost the game but we have to more on and keep going.
“The free-kick for the first goal and the first goal was obvious offside, maybe the second was too. When you play against a team in the top-six, the big details are up to you, sometimes things go against you but that is football.
“Granit Xhaka should have had a second yellow card, sometimes you feel disappointed and frustrated because the small details change a lot.