Olivier Giroud: Arsenal were lucky to beat Burnley

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits the Gunners were a little fortunate to triumph at Turf Moor

Olivier Giroud has admitted that Arsenal were a little fortunate to win 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday.

The Gunners strengthened their hold on second place in the Premier League table courtesy of Aaron Ramsey’s 11th-minute strike at Turf Moor.

France international Giroud, who has scored seven goals in his last eight games for the Gunners, said Arsenal had to dig deep to see out a tough win.

“It was a tough game for us and we were a bit lucky,” Giroud told Arsenal’s website.

“We did well to score early in the game because it was really hard for us. Burnley play with a lot of determination and it was a big fight, but we succeeded and it was a big win for us.

“Sometimes you can’t play your best football every game and we tried to focus on not conceding a goal. It’s one more clean sheet so as long as we were winning the game, I don’t think we were too much in danger.”

Giroud, 28, has scored 14 goals in 21 Premier League games this season despite the towering striker breaking his foot at the start of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger’s side have won eight successive Premier League games since their north London derby defeat at White Hart Lane in early February.

The north London side are nine points behind top-flight leaders Chelsea, who have played one game less than their capital rivals.

The Gunners are set to face Bradford City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday as Wenger’s men look to defend their crown.

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