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.


    • Why disappointed? (genuine question)

      Disappointed by the attendance, or lack of atmosphere, or did something happen? I’m 10 time zones away, but watching on TV, I got no sense that there was anything wrong with the fans.

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  1. Walcott just cannot do anything right at this moment, losses balls, failed on 1 on 1 with goal keeper…..what is wrong with him. If he is not confident in the 1 on 1 just square it for el neny to tap in. OMG Walcott…..

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  2. big win, although still very nervy until the end. elneny looked good and it’s fantastic to have alexis and le coq back. and tomas rosicky is back baby!

    on the negative side, i’ve lost patience with walcott. what’s the opposite of a purple patch? a brown patch?

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    • I will not, i will fixate on his inability to time his runs, lack of skill on the ball, inability to pick a pass, and also as an extra bonus point: His inability to score on 100% chances in prime positions.

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    • It’s a talking point not because of this one miss but because it’s part of a much larger problem we’ve noticed whenever he’s played this season. He can’t do anything right at the moment, and it’s a real worry for him and us.

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    • Fixate? Hardly. But it’s worth a mention given just how he’s been manipulating for the position of being played as our first-choice finisher.

      How many goals this season? Five. Same as Ramsey and Ozil. Just two more than Kos and Joel Campbell. And it’s not like we haven’t been here before.

      He should be finishing the kind of opportunity he had today 95% of the time. Because that’s what the person Theo thinks he is would do.

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  3. What a sweet finish by Chambers, he chanelled his Rozza.

    Other than that, thoughts on the game: Koscielny shaky early on, but recovered very well. Gibbs seems so afraid even with low risk passes, pretty much the same with Gabriel.

    El Neny energetic, a lot like Ramsey but shows for the ball more in deep midfield and makes little runs to be available Koscielny was the only guy able to pick him out though). Rozza came back and did well.

    Alexis (“The pitbull” as Jim carrey called him) was brilliant and Coq did well with their first starts after layoffs. Coq made some superb tackles!

    Ox did much better this game with his assist, tracking back etc. The shots at goal could’ve been better but he’ll get there surely. We have come a long way, but I don’t know if we have enough to push for the title. Southampton are going to be another test for our midfield.

    Theo… If he continues like this, he’s the one nicking a living. Ball on a plate from Ox, he doesn’t even need to get it under control. Just take it past the keeper or finish early. Does neither.

    Onwards and upwards?

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    • I agree with all you said, except for your glaring omission of Iwobi. He is breath-taking, to be honest. He has such an ease about him, it’s amazing that he’s only 19 years old. I thought his part in the goal was simply superb – he ran that channel to perfection, putting himself into the perfect pocket of space, picked up Giroud’s slightly wobbly back-heel, and splayed it out to Ox. If you watch the celebrations, Ox makes a point to grab him and congratulate him for that. I think that should be counted as an assist to an assist, or something. Anyway, this boy is going places.

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  4. Burnley were absolutely dreary last season, so it’s good to see that they’ve figured out that it’s fun to occasionally play in your opponents’ half.

    Alexis best player on the pitch, fine performances as well from Gibbs, Iwobi, and Elneny. After not paying attention to football for a week this was nice.

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    • I was exactly the same way. After last Sunday I decided that football would cease to exist until today, and I made out so. Didn’t even listen to the Arsecasts (sorry).

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  5. Thought the CBs had a pretty poor game up against Gray – they didn’t seem to know how to handle him. Koscielny also seemed very lackadaisical today, as if he thought it would be plain sailing.


    Elneny looked good – always showing for the ball, steady passing and decent movement for a DM!

    I thought Iwobi was unlucky to be substituted, although I think it was more to give Rosicky minutes than anything to do with his performance – I thought he was a bright spark the whole game.

    Sanchez is Sanchez – great goal, great work-rate, bit greedy at times but makes up for it with his overall contribution.

    Coq looked lacking in fitness/sharpness – it’ll take him a while to get up to speed, I think.

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    • Yeah, Gabriel-Koscielny seems to lack some cohesion, whether that is down to inability to play with each other or merely inexperience of it, I have no idea, but I’m hoping they’ll mesh better as there’s probably going to be a point in a few years where they’ll be teh two senior CBs.

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  6. I love the early days of a new signing, when they try and shoot every chance they get, it won’t be long till we’ve drilled that nasty ol habit out of him! I liked the look of Elneny though, looks a tidy enough player and a good option to rotate Ramsey or Coquelin. Much needed win and very happy to see Sanchez back with aplomb, what a man. I’m falling a bit in love with Chambers, the technique on that finish…have we seen better than that this season? Fucking excellent!

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  7. Not a bad game at all! Great debut from Elneny who has integrated well already, more promising stuff from Iwobi (I like that kid a lot), lovely to see Rosicky playing again, and a fantastic goal from Chambers, who normally makes me quite nervous. Overall, lots of positives to take away from a tough match against a tough Burnley

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  8. Great debut by elneny. Recieves the ball from defenders and distributes it well, and is highly energetic. he runs a lot. Amazing from Iwobi, a lot of maturity on the ball. Ox was great today. hopefully that helps his confidence.

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  9. We won again….
    Through to the next round
    Back to winning ways
    Forget the error and lets celebrate the moment.
    How did you feel when Rossa step on the pitch?

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  10. Good win, not impressive but we’ll take it.
    – Great debut by el neny. Very energetic, has a good touch, great b2b play. would like to see how he plays in the coq role. Funny enough i think he’d make a better partner to Arteta than coq.
    – Alexis is back!!! that’s all that matters
    – Happy Chambers scored. Great strike. He has beautiful technique.
    – Kos and Gabriel were a bit nervous at times. Gibbs needs to behave himself(hahahaha)
    – Giroud was poor.
    – Good to see the Mozart back as well

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    • Gabriel’s pace saved us a couple of times, though. If BFG was on I’m thinking his lack of pace probably would have hurt us.

      On the attacking front, this was the sort of game that Ozil and Walcott together would have completely killed it. But it’s good to have pretty much a second XI and still win.

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    • We have history with this. Remember when Eboue tackled his own player? And was subbed off for Silvestre?

      Those were the days.

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  11. I thought we were signing a CDM. Turns out he’s a CAM. Great running by neny though. Was all over the park. Calm on the ball, good passing. Slightly lightweight though. Got shrugged off the ball once or twice. But than can be worked on. COYG!!

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  12. I saw the patented Rosicky outside-of-the-right-foot pass again today….and all was right with my arsenal world.

    How I have missed the little Mozart!

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  13. Not a great overall performance. But great for Elneny to have a full run and Coq, Arteta, and TR7 to have runs. Sanchez looked sharp but somehow didn’t link up with Giroud. Giroud worked hard. Walcott low on confidence after a great run at the end: he should have scored. Still, through the next round and rested a few players.

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  14. Elneny really went for a goal in his first appearance. Liked how he is going for long shots…that’s something we missed in the past.

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    • Yup, also liked his energy. He was everywhere today!

      Great work rate and attitude. Should serve him well as he adapts.

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  15. Rosicky looked like he was never out of the team.. Glad we got through this, albeit with a little too much difficulty. Arteta jumping for bouncing balls was a good sight to behold. Elneny looked great when taking shots from outside the pen. Satisfied. Could it have be better? Yes, but I’ll still take this if those who came in had a chance to build their confidence. Ox looks like some game time is helping him. Had some nice runs and looked for options when he needed to. Well done lads!

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  16. I look past theos mistakes when were not playing to his strengths and playing him in behind. Hes been awful for a long time now but it was ok because he is that threat in behind. He has numerous times given the ball away leading to opposition goals, ran into defenders turning over possession but its all ok because we only need that one pass in behind to turn a game. Except now today has proved the contrary and its saddening. I dont jump on players ever, theo has been like this for a while and it needs to change.

    For me, some time on the bench will do him good and i hope wenger keeps campbell/ox on and benches theo for sanchez for a while. Let theo prove hes still the quality we know he can be from the bench.

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  17. A solid win in the end against an in-form side (before today they had scored 12 in their last 3 games!) that were always going to give us a tough cup game, and the win was completed by a much rotated side featuring some starters and subs trying to shake off injury-period rustiness so even better. A real reminder of what we’ve been missing from Sanchez, he was fantastic. Impressed by Elneny. Walcott was worrying, but not going to fixate- imagine he’ll have a few games on the bench now and hopefully, hopefully that will spur him on in a similar way to Giroud earlier in the season.

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  18. I had to put up with a Santander stream, and they kept saying that Elneny shouldn’t be in those attacking areas if he wants to be the ‘DM’ for Arsenal. In certain games I’m sure he will be asked to play that role, but it was obvious that with the Coq back, he was allowed to express himself more and get forward a la Ramsey.
    I thought he did very well, always wanted the ball, which relieves so much pressure on the centre backs – something we have missed with Flam in the team. So yeah, good contribution and brave attempt to make his mark on the game. Great to see!
    Great to see Coq back, got better as the game went on, Chambers was good, and what a sublime finish.. outrageous. Sanchez, I love you. Iwoi, keep that up and you will go far my friend, very exciting. Ox, much better, he just needs to lighten up a bit I think, stop giving himself such a hard time every time something doesn’t come off.. Confidence is a killer some times.
    All in all, good day for individuals (except Theo) and the squad as a whole.

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  19. Iwobi was excellent i thought…Really good first touch and has a knack for not really giving the ball away especially for one so young.

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  20. Hard to see a future for Walcott. He’s in the team to score on breakaways. Glad El Neny will shoot. Pretty bad today all around.

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  21. Great win. No injuries. Happy to see Rozza, Arteta, Coq, sanchez, El neny and ospina. This is the mother of all LANS matches. Can’t wait for Welbz, Santi and Jack to return. Also I think debuchy is done and we will get a deadline day replacement.

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  22. Overall, a good result that did not mask that the team, for the better part of the last two months, has had difficulties building from the back. Since Cazorla’s injury we’ve lacked the compusure, creativity and quickness of mind and feet to overcome high pressing teams. The gap between midfield and defence is way to big. We need to work more as a unit.

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  23. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have Walcott eternally play with the contract running out in a year… he did well previously, didn’t he?

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  24. What have we learned today?

    Alexis is back. Coquelin in back. And no one’s going to worry about Elneny or Iwobi being on the teamsheet from here on in.

    Good game. Good win.

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  25. Elneny. What I liked: Calm and assured on and off the ball. Made himself available. Willing runner in all directions, but with positional discipline. What I didn’t like: some loose passes, brushed off ball too easily, defended the tying cross like he’d been at Arsenal for years! He’ll come good, and he’ll show Ramsey the way to the center is through positional discipline, IMHO.

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    • I really have to disagree – did you see the stats Ramsey posted for the Chelsea game? Given how we were a man down he was easily our best player on the day. Come on, to some its as if this narrative of his positional discipline has totally clouded any unbiased assessment of his performances.

      At this rate its no wonder he might consider leaving at some point soon, a guy who has one performance for Arsenal under his belt is being touted to teach Ramsey about “the way to the center”. I guess Ramsey will never be loved the way someone like Wilshere because he doesn’t really pander much nor does he come off as a lad.

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  26. Here’s a list of players who make less than Walcott who would’ve burried Walcott’s chance: Joel Campbell, bellerin, wilshere, welbeck, iwobi, akpom. He should make less than all of those guys if he can’t score that! Readjust his wages next contract! Talks the talk but can’t walk the walk.

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  27. My first game in the stands and i just couldnt believe the negativity from our fans.Its one thing being objectively critical but hating on one of our players….wow

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    • Cheers on your first game Kenyanarse! It’s a dream I’m still working towards.

      Not to take away from the fact that we have the most expensive match day tickets etc, but I suspect even if they were free, the modern day Gooner would spend half the match groaning and only briefly cheer once a certain level of entertainment were achieved. We’re an entitled bunch.

      All fans of all clubs give their players stick but I admire the 12th man mentality adopted by so-called smaller clubs. I don’t know what to call our home “supporters”…

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  28. I get that there’s obvious enthusiasm over a new signing and over someone who holds promise like El Neny does but its interesting to note the things people are praising El Neny for. His great work rate – yet Ramsey gets called a headless chicken for his work rate. His propensity to shoot from outside the box – Ramsey is one of the very few Arsenal players who attempt that too, but he gets called selfish for attempting that rather than the pass. And El Neny’s passing and involvement – Ramsey gets called selfish yet when playing CM he routinely averages the most passes and is amongst the highest passing percentage on the team and not only in the attacking third of the pitch but all over it, that to me doesn’t show a selfish player but someone who makes himself available to his teammates…yet he’s only concerned with scoring (something El Neny attempted a few times today too)

    Not ragging at El Neny at all – I think he had a very good debut, its just interesting as I scroll through comments that the very things El Neny is getting praise for are things Rambo has gotten slammed for of late. He had a great game against Chelsea all things considered, 7amkickoff’s stat piece on here confirmed that but people were baying for him nonetheless. Sometimes I feel as though unless he plays out of his skin and keeps that form he’ll be one of the default punching bags of the team which is unfortunate.

    Also it was really heartening to see Ox do much better today, let this be the start of more to come for him, he’ll get there so long as he can take small steps like today’s performance! Not sure what’s going on with Theo though, he might need some time to re-calibrate.

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  29. A good win, albeit not a convincing one. I really, really like what I see out of Iwobi. Very positive and confident on the ball. Makes really good runs. Theo,wtf mate?

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  30. I thought Iwobi played really well. He looks like a Viera type player in the making. Held the ball up really well. A real confident performance from him. Chambers goal was brilliant. If that was Sanchez that scored that everyone would be going nuts about him.

    When they equalized we dropped and allowed them back in the game. Ospina should have come for it. I think he was caught in two minds. Cech would have dealt with that comfortably. Elnany showed a lot of promise. Kept running like Sanchez and Iwobi.

    Walcott and Chamberlain won’t be playing on Tuesday. I think Campbell and Ozil will be in and Ramsey in for Iwobi.

    A much needed win and looking forward to thrashing the Saints 5-0 on Tuesday.


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  31. I don’t see much wrong in giving Theo shit for playing shit. I love the bloke and he has given me moments of true joy over the years, which for most players would grant them a certain kindness in bad times, not Walcott though. Because the moment you hold a club to ransom and demand certain conditions based on your talent, then I believe you open yourself up to criticism when that talent is not evident. I was gutted when I thought he would leave, and when it seemed he would opt for a direct rival in the prem, and I don’t think I am over that yet. Score some goals and kiss the badge and you’re back in our hearts, play like shit and act like you’re too good for the club and sorry but get yourself fucked.

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