It’s always a tough tie playing against Burnley, especially when you have to play them at Turf Moor that is a difficult ground to get 3 points. In this weekend’s Premier League football, Burnley hosted Arsenal as both teams look to get the best off each other – tied on 22 points prior to this match.
There was only one change to the side that beat Tottenham in the North London Derby about a week ago, which was the change of Alex Iwobi replacing Mesut Ozil who had to miss the match due to an illness. The line-up consisted of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette.
One thing to point out, our back three consisting of Koscielny, Mustafi and Monreal have played five league games together, winning four of those five and drawing against Chelsea, and are yet to concede a goal in this five games as a unit.
A match lacking sheer creativity, we had to wait until the 14th minute to witness the game’s first clear-cut chance and it fell to Burnley. The host came close to taking the lead as a shot was driven towards the goal of Cech but hit the woodwork, which denied the home fans a goal to celebrate.
Arsenal’s best chance of the half came in the 18th minute when Lacazette spotted the run of Ramsey into the penalty area and swung in a delightful left-foot cross, but the Welshman didn’t connect with the ball as he’d like to; sending the ball over the post.
Petr Cech was well at alert when Irish international Robbie Brady lined up a fantastic free-kick but the Czech Republic international had his area and angles in check and did brilliantly to keep the out Brady’s effort on goal.
The second half was a case of mostly misplaced passes in the final third between both teams, keeping their concentration not to allow any slip-up.
Nacho Monreal was close to giving the Gunners the lead in the second half with a long-range effort but was so close to finding the corner of Pope’s goalpost.
A big call from the referee in the 91st minute when he decided to award Arsenal a penalty surely stung the home fans. Now for those who would say it wasn’t a penalty should properly watch the replay of things, as it shows Ramsey being pushed from the set of play.
Alexis stepped up in the 92nd minute to clinch the win for the Gunners from the spot kick and made no mistake about it, though, Burnley’s goalkeeper Pope touched the ball en-route but couldn’t keep the ball away. This is the third time in a row, a Premier League match between these two sides would end in an Arsenal win – with the Gunners grabbing the winner in the final minutes of the match.