Arsenal with their fifth win in a row, beating Burnley 1-0

Arsenal with their fifth win in a row, beating Burnley 1-0

James Eagles
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It was far, far from pretty, but it was a win for the Gunners nonetheless. Arsenal dug deep at the end of a frankly mediocre display. A flurry of action at the end made the game more memorable than it was, and Burnley will feel hard done by the manner of the goal. Was it offside? Was it a handball? It's academic now. Wenger will be satisfied with the never-say-die attitude his men showed today, when they weren't at the races for the most part. It's not quite the way he envisioned his 20th anniversary in charge, I'm sure.

Burnley defended so heroically, and were unfortunate not to come away with something in the end, and could have easily scored themselves, hitting the bar through Keane.

Arsenal move up to third, level on points with Liverpool, one behind Tottenham and crucially, two behind Manchester City after the two did battle earlier this afternoon. As for the hosts, they sit in 14th position, which I'm sure Dyche will be satisfied with after seven games.

My personal man of the match has to be Dean Marney. Quiet in terms of highlights, but worked diligently and really kept the Arsenal midfield busy.

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Walcott's header from a Sanchez cross fell to Oxlade-Chamberlain at the back post, and it was bundled in by Koscielny. Major shades of handball, but Wenger won't care, Arsenal won't care  - they've found a way through!


90+2 - Another corner for Wenger's side.

90 +1 - Corner for Arsenal, comes to nothing.

90 - Two added minutes.

Sam Vokes rises to meet a corner. | Photo: Getty
Sam Vokes rises to meet a corner. | Photo: Getty

85 - CHANCE! Arsenal counter from a promising Burnley attack. The ball finds its way to Walcott who curls the ball agonizingly wide of the mark.

81 - Around ten minutes left, can anyone break the deadlock?

77 - Free kick to Arsenal around 25 yards out, but Ozil's effort is well stopped by the wall.

74 - CHANCE! Great header by Keane as he rises highest to direct Gudmundsson's corner goalwards, but it rattles the bar and is scrambled away. Burnley could well get something more than a point here.

73 - CHANCE! Ball in by Cazorla isn't cleared by the head of Mee. It hangs in the air, and Sanchez meets in on the volley well, but it just flies wide. Closest Arsenal have come.

71 - SUBSTITUTION: Xhaka, Iwobi (OUT), Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain (IN)

Arsenal have one change remaining.

70 - Koscielny wins the ball on the halfway line before findign Sanchez, who just about gets the ball out to Walcott whilst being felled by Mee. Walcott drags another shot wide.

64 - Arsenal have another spell of sustained pressure, Sanchez rolls past Arfield before finding Ozil on the left, but the less said about the end product the better. I just hope the fan on the end of that is okay.

62 - SUBSTITUTION: Defour (OUT), Arfield (IN)

Burnley have two changes remaining.

60 - CHANCE! Burnley have a go now, Ward's cross in is met by the head of Gudumundsson and Cech has to be alert to tip it round the post. The corner is just about cleared.

57 - Burnley are under siege now. Sanchez lays it back to Ozil, but Keane gets in the way of his tame shot.

53 - Now we're blessed (sort of) with a plethora of useless attempts. Iwobi tries to pick out the far corner, but comes closer to hitting the far corner flag. Out for a throw-in.

51 - Hendrick joins Walcott by trying his luck from 40 odd yards. Firmly in the high, wide and not very handsome category though.

50 - Arsenal are starting to pick up the pace, Walcott's speclative shot flies well over though.

49 - CHANCE! Arsenal's retort is dangerous, after one failed attack, they come forward again, Bellerin pressuring Keane in the box. The ball falls to Sanchez, but Heaton is alert to stop at the near post.

47 - Again, Burnley have started positively; Lowton's cross finds Vokes who got in front of Koscielny, but he got his feet mixed up, missing the volley.

45 - We're underway for the second half.

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HALF TIME: What a dire, sterile half of Premier League football. Let's hope the second period is a marked improvement.

I fail to see how it can't be.

45 - Arsenal are frustrated, holding the ball for the best part of 90 seconds, but there are so many men back, and Burnley's defensive shape is so good, they can't break them down.

Iwobi's drilled cross is cleared with ease.

42 - Burnley have settled in the last ten minutes, even edging Arsenal out in terms of possession.

38 - CHANCE! Arsenal caught napping at the back. Lowton clips a ball in into Vokes, who had just stayed onside, but he spurns a golden chance by heading well wide.

Dyche has his head firmly in his hands.

Shkodran Mustafi displays his hands on approach to disputing a decision. | Photo: Getty
Shkodran Mustafi displays his hands on approach to disputing a decision. | Photo: Getty

32 - Stephen Ward submits a contender for "Worst Throw-In of All Time" as the ball dribbles out of his arms, resulting in a throw-in to Arsenal. It's my odds-on favourite.

29 - Better from Arsenal. Iwobi and Cazorla link up well, but the final ball is missing. Will it be one of those days for the Gunners?

27 - Cazorla threads a ball through to the advancing Ozil, but his touch is uncharacteristically poor, bobbling up off of his left boot. He tries to recover, but Mee shepherds him out.

24 - Compared to the stunning first-half performances against Chelsea and Basel, this has been fairly dull. Lacking quality thus far, from both sides.

22 - Arsenal have had 72% of the ball so far, but have done little with it.

20 - Mustafi concedes a dubious foul on Vokes in the centre-circle, and is dumbfounded. He tries to demonstrate what Vokes did to Craig Pawson by backing into him. It's all a bit intimate.

19 - Ozil's attempted cross is wild and hopeless, but Bellerin chases and ends up winning a corner.

17 - CHANCE! Arsenal have a patient spell of possession. Eventually, Sanchez ghosts past two on the right before playing in Bellerin, who finds Walcott, but he drags his effort wide of the far post, when he was under minimal pressure.

15 - Forward come the hosts, Hendrick nips ahead of Cazorla before feeding Boyd on the left, but he skews his shot horrendously.

13 - Free kick to Burnley as Vokes goes over on the halfway line.

11 - Burnley shaking, Mee's casual pass was closed down by Iwobi. The youngster followed up by laying the ball back to Ozil, but the German sliced his effort, making it easy for Heaton.

5 - OFFSIDE! Hendrick does well to bully Monreal off the ball, but his pass finds Vokes who had transgressed beyond the backline too early.

4 - CHANCE! Sanchez wriggles free on the edge of the box, but his low strike clouts Iwobi on the shins and bounces narrowly wide of Heaton's far post.

4 - Burnley have started well, pinning Arsenal in their own half.


Burnley will be in their claret and blue, whilst Arsenal sport their change kit of yellow and navy.

Dyche on Wenger:

"Arsene, for me, is one of the top managers without a shadow of a doubt.

A lot of respect goes out from me, as a young manager, looking at him and what he's done... the way he puts a team together, the style, the manner.

As managers we all understand the fan mentality, the thirst and desire to win and be successful, but from a manager's point of view you have to scratch your head and wonder why he's questioned at times


Lucas Perez will not play any part today for the visitors, after picking up a slight knee injury.

Live updates shall continue at 4:25pm, so make sure you join me for the duration of the 90 minutes. You won't want to miss it.

Ones to Watch

Michael Keane v Theo Walcott

Both players come into this game in sensational form; Michael Keane has been the stoic figure that Burnley will desperately need in order to keep away from the mire that is a relegation fight, but the revitalised Theo Walcott will keep him honest this afternoon. With five goals in his last seven matches, including two last time out against Basel, the Englishman had had an epiphany after being omitted from Roy Hodgson's maligned EURO 2016 23 man squad. Part of a lethal quartet alongside Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the 26-year-old will be keen (no pun intended) to cause the Burnley defence trouble all afternoon.

Watch out for Steven Defour in the Burnley midfield, the former Anderlecht and Standard Liege an has added some real zest and needed quality into the midfield.

Position Name   Position Name
CB Michael KEANE   CB Shkodran MUSTAFI
LB Stephen WARD   LB Nacho MONREAL
LM George BOYD   AM Mesut OZIL
Sub Jon FLANAGAN   Sub Kieran GIBBS
Sub Patrick BAMFORD   Sub David OSPINA
Sub Aiden O'NEILL   Sub Mohamed ELNENY


Burnley: Gray (suspension), Barnes (hamstring)

Arsenal: Coquelin (knee), Ramsey (hamstring), Giroud (toe), Mertesacker (knee), Welbeck (knee)

Date Competition Home Away Score
30.1.16 FA Cup Arsenal Burnley 2-1
11.4.15 Premier League Burnley Arsenal 0-1
1.11.14 Premier League Arsenal Burnley 3-0
6.3.10 Premier League Arsenal Burnley 3-1
16.12.09 Premier League Burnley Arsenal 1-1
Aaron Ramsey's goal made the difference last time at Turf Moor for the Gunners. | Photo: Getty
Aaron Ramsey's goal made the difference last time at Turf Moor for the Gunners. | Photo: Getty

What sort of Arsenal will we see? Well, that's anybody's guess, but coming in on a eight game unbeaten run in competitions, Arsene Wenger's side are high on confidence - even more so after finally ending their Chelsea curse last Saturday. In the past few weeks, the Gunners have had a very complete look to their play, well organised in defence and swift and devastating in their attack, with the new additions such as Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez making instant, positive impacts. Their only loss of the season thus far was at the hands of Liverpool - a side they can leapfrog into second with a win today - on the opening weekend, their opponents are the only side to have beaten the Reds this season, can the Clarets upset another one of the frontrunners today?

Sean Dyche's first spell in the Premier League with Burnley two seasons ago ended in the heartache of relegation, after one season back in the Championship, the affectionately known "Ginger Mourinho" will be eager to improve this time out, with safety the sole ambition for now.

Welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Burnley and Arsenal on the seventh week of the Premier League season, at Turf Moor. I'm James Eagles, and I will be guiding you through this afternoon's action. Both sides come into this game on a high: Burnley were incisive and well-disciplined against Watford on Monday night, whereas Arsenal were equally ruthless two days later in European action; sweeping FC Basel aside to maintain their unbeaten start to the UEFA Champions League.