Arsene Wenger defends Arsenal players' behaviour after Tony Pulis criticism

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Arsene Wenger apologised for his players crowding the linesman during their 1-0 win over Stoke City, but insisted they had not behaved inappropriately.

Lucky goal

Despite feeling his side deserved to win, Wenger admitted the goal was a fluke. He said: "Their keeper made some fantastic saves, but we got a little bit of luck with the free-kick. "If anyone was to win the game, it was us. We needed to keep our tempo and keep it tight. The goal was lucky, but we got what we deserved." Victory lifted Arsenal to within one point of the top four, but Wenger insisted his side cannot afford any more blemishes this season if they are to qualify for the Champions League. He added: "The results went our way today and it was vital to win. We know we cannot drop points."

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