Wenger feeling fortunate
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal were lucky to beat Doncaster Rovers in the Carling Cup.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side were fortunate to see off Doncaster Rovers in the Carling Cup quarter finals.
The Gunners boss watched his side struggle to get past their League One opponents, as the Premiership side needed penalties to defeat Dave Penney's side at Belle Vue on Wednesday evening after a 2-2 extra-time draw.
The North Londoners looked set to become Donny's third Premiership scalp in this season's competition, but Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva pounced to strike a vital equaliser just seconds from the end of extra time.
Wenger was relieved his side did not fall as Manchester City and Aston Villa did to Doncaster this term, having praised Gunners goalkeeper Manuel Almunia for his man-of-the match performance after the Spaniard made some vital saves in the win.
"When there are 60 seconds to go and you are away from home, 99 percent of the time, you are out," Wenger admitted.
"But you have to try to get in the goal and the credit to my team is that they tried until the last second.
"Our keeper kept us in the game at the start of the second half.
"We showed a good Arsenal spirit and fought until the last seconds of the game and were rewarded."
Wenger was quick to praise Doncaster for giving his side a real scare on Wednesday.
"We were playing against a very good side and I am not surprised that they beat Aston Villa after what I saw," he added.
"Doncaster have some players who you think have a future in the Premier League.
"Their whole team didn't have a weakness and we found it really tough."