Report: Arsenal 2-1 Burnley (inc goals)


Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

Subs: Cech, Monreal, Bellerin, Arteta, Rosicky, Walcott, Campbell

Goals from Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez were enough for Arsenal progress in the cup, winning 2-1 against Burnley at the Emirates this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger rang the changes for this one, welcoming back Francis Coquelin from injury and handing a debut to Mohamed Elneny the most interesting of them.

There were early attempts for both sides with Gray shooting over for the visitors, while Oxlade-Chamberlain did likewise at the other end. Burnley cleared an Arsenal corner off the line, before Alexis showed his quality, stepping inside a defender before fizzing a shot just wide of the near post.

Elneny had his first shot in red and white in the 8th minute, from 25 yards he got it on target but it was easy for the keeper. A mistake from Laurent Koscielny allowed Gray a clear run on goal but his finish lacked conviction and Ospina made the save.

In what was a very open game from the start, great work from Gibbs down the left saw his low cross cause problems in the Burnley box, Chambers shot on the rebound was blocked, and moments later an Oxlade-Chamberlain effort was deflected wide.

It felt like an Arsenal goal was coming, and when it did it was a quite beautiful one. The Arsenal passing was superb, the build up patient, Alexis eventually fed the ball to Chambers and he finished with the outside of his right foot into the far corner of the net. 1-0.

Chambers was involved again, feeding Iwobi who set up Alexis in the box but his shot was blocked, but on the half hour mark Burnley were level. Having won a corner, Arsenal couldn’t get it clear, the ball was moved to the right hand side, the cross came in and Vokes out-jumped Gabriel to head powerfully home. 1-1.

In the build-up to the goal there was a bizarre moment when Gibbs actually tackled his own man, sliding in on the ankles of Coquelin who had to off for some treatment. Arsenal went looking for another goal and good work from Iwobi down the right saw his cross deflected to the back post where Oxlade-Chamberlain was waiting, but he smashed it wide.

The England man did get a shot on target in the 43rd minute but it was an easy enough save for Heaton, and the teams went in level at the break. The second half began without any TV coverage as apparently all the feeds were down, but after 6 minutes the issue was fixed, without us missing anything of any great importance.

The timing was perfect as moments later we were ahead. Arsenal broke from the back, Iwobi fed Alexis, he played it to Giroud who flicked it to Iwobi. He gave it to Oxlade-Chamberlain who cut it across goal for Alexis who smashed it into the top corner. 2-1.

Koscielny had one cleared off the line after a Giroud flick from a corner, Elneny fired a fizzing shot straight at their keeper, and had a great chance when Gibbs set him up in the box but curled his effort over the bar.

Burnley brought on Joey Barton, and just before Alexis forced the keeper into a good save from a free kick in the 72nd minute, Arsene Wenger replaced Iwobi and Coquelin with Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, making his first appearance of the season. Theo Walcott came on for Alexis in the 79th minute, Oxlade-Chamberlain shot over after fantastic build-up play when he really should have hit the target, but at the other end Koscielny had to be alert to prevent danger.

After such a bright start, the closing stages were quite flat, but there was a chance for Gray who shot wide, an a late injury to Kieran Gibbs who needed some treatment but was ok to carry on. There was another effort on goal for Elneny, hooking a shot wide after good work by Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott, and Walcott himself should have scored after finding himself one on one with the keeper in injury time, but he allowed the keeper to palm it away.

There was also time for Joey Barton to throw some elbows about like the massive twat he is, and as the full time whistle went, Koscielny was left lying on the ground, but Arsenal did enough to win and go into the draw for the 5th round.

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