Arsenal defeated Burnley 1-0 in a hard-fought encounter at Turf Moor.
Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal of the game as he fired in from close range after Burnley’s Tom Heaton initially saved Alexis Sanchez’s 11th minute effort.
It was enough to defeat the hosts, but it was hardly a spectacular performance from the Gunners and as an attacking unit they failed to really click and press home their advantage.
Speaking with reporters after the match, covered by the club's official Twitter account, Wenger was quick to point out it wasn’t his side’s finest attacking display and instead heaped praise on the defence, crediting them with the victory.
Boss: "Our defenders played well today and won us the three points." #BFCvAFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) abril 11, 2015
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Gunners’ back four were busy throughout and each excelled in different defensive categories.
Spanish international Nacho Monreal recorded the most tackles and 13 defensive duel winners, whereas Per Mertesacker was strong in the air – winning nine aerial duels and recording 12 effective clearances.
The World Cup winner’s centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny was once again at the top of his game, completing 10 clearances, eight defensive duel winners and seven ball recoveries.
The youngest of the back four, Hector Bellerin, wasn’t tested as much defensively but his marauding runs down the right flank gave the visitors a valuable attacking option out wide.
The Gunners’ fabulous attackers have earned plenty of plaudits this season, but it’s very much a team game and their eight-game winning streak is equally down to their solid displays at the back.