Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he was delighted to see his side maintain their focus right until the end following Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Burnley.
The Gunners looked to be on their way to a routine victory when Calum Chambers opened the scoring at the Emirates Stadium after 19 minutes, but the Clarets responded just before the break through a Sam Vokes header.
However, any nerves among the home fans were settled in the second half when Alexis Sanchez put the holders back in front, a lead they would not surrender again as they eventually booked their place in the next round.
Speaking after the game, Wenger told his club’s official website: “We needed to work. At the start it looked like it would be easy because we had a lot of the ball and good opportunities around the box.
“When it came back to 1-1, it became a different game. I think we were a bit shocked and they gained belief. I saw them against Derby and I could see that this is a very efficient, strong team with no weakness.
“Everything they do is based on efficiency and they’ve shown that today. In the second half, I don’t think they created a lot.
“They had one or two opportunities on the counter-attack but we managed to win the game and we looked quite in control at the end. We needed to keep our focus, our urgency until the last minute.”