Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal were fortunate to win at Aston Villa as they moved level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea via Yossi Benayoun's late winner in a 2-1 success.

Villa winger Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th Premier League goal and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie equalled Thierry Henry's club record for the most Premier League goals - 34 - in a calendar year but it was Benayoun's late header from a Van Persie corner which enabled the Gunners to bounce back from the weekend reversal against Manchester City.

Wenger said: "I can only congratulate Villa. They played well and gave everything. We got very late three points that are vital for us. We were a bit unlucky on Sunday against City and today maybe we were a bit lucky."

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