Beating Burnley more important than Spurs win, says Arsenal's Koscielny

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James Tarkowski brought down Wales global Aaron Ramsey at Turf Moor in stoppage time before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the penalty to give the Gunners all three points.

The late, late show meant Arsenal capitalised on rivals Liverpool and Chelsea drawing to each other and Spurs' failure to beat West Brom at Wembley on Saturday.

Teams who struggle at Burnley, and there have been many in the past two seasons of Premier League action, often fall back on stereotypes about their style of play. The standings are likely to be jumbled up again with midweek fixtures ahead, during which Huddersfield come to the Emirates on Wednesday.

Arsenal head into the Burnley clash at Turf Moor following impressive win over Tottenham in the North London derby last week.

The Sanchez penalty - accepted, albeit through gritted teeth, by manager Sean Dyche - was the first goal conceded by Burnley in 375 minutes. We all know that it's not going to be easy.

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But an improved display after the interval resulted in what Wenger felt was a warranted second away win of the campaign.

"It probably is a penalty but my point is we were never not going to get that given, I can assure you", he said.

"I think it was very important, more than the Tottenham game". Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half.

"You are always happy because you score a late goal and have three points", he added. "They've got 22 points already and when you play against them you know why".

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