Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Iwobi, Alexis, Lacazette
Arsenal subs: Ospina, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Wilshere, Maitland-Niles, Welbeck ,Giroud
An injury time penalty from Alexis Sanchez provided Arsenal with a 1-0 win over a tough Burnley at Turf Moor this afternoon.
Nothing at all happened in the first 14 minutes because I couldn’t find a working stream, although people on Twitter said we were struggling, and when I turned on some Burnley lad leathered a shot off the post after Bellerin had lost possession.
Replays showed that Petr Cech got a touch and the lad who didn’t get the corner he should have got a yellow card for his complaints.
At the other end great work from Lacazette down the left provided Aaron Ramsey with a great chance, but the Welshman’s effort flew over the bar when he should have put the Gunners ahead.
Nacho Monreal was next to have a pop, cracking a shot from 30 yards not far wide of the post, and shortly afterwards Alexis almost found room inside the box but was tackled before he could get a shot away. Monreal had another go, firing over with his right, before Lee Mason awarded Burnley a free kick outside the area from which Robbie Brady forced Cech into a good save.
Xhaka somewhat wastefully whacked a shot over from 35 yards, Ramsey saw a shot blocked away for a corner and after it was cleared he provided a good cross for Kolasinac who headed wide, the last opportunity of the first half.
There were no changes at the break from either manager and Burnley failed to make the most of a chance to break, while Kolasinac had a shot blocked. Lacazette’s effort from just outside the box was on target but easy for Pope, and there was much more pressure from Arsene Wenger’s men in the opening part of the second period.
Gudmundsson tested Cech with a shot from distance, and the keeper was solid when a Brady free kick from a dangerous position was floated into the box. Another Lacazette attempt deflected wide with the keeper at full stretch, Ramsey shot over after getting on the end of an Alexis pass, and on 67 minutes the manager made his first change bringing on Wilshere for the ineffective Iwobi.
Bellerin was fouled in the box by Brady but Lee Mason played on, Kolasinac made a good run into the box but fired a cross to nobody, and Monreal had another pop that went over the bar.
Koscielny blocked a goalbound shot from Brady, Dufour fired over, and Burnley fans squawked with outrage when anoher Brady shot appeared to hit Koscielny’s arm outside the box.
Danny Welbeck replaced Lacazette in the 79th minute, Bellerin shot into the legs of a defender after a good Arsenal break, and the deadlock was almost broken when a Wilshere shot deflected wide with the keeper rooted to the spot.
The game headed into the final few minutes with not much happening at either end, although a good ball from Koscielny found Ramsey in the box but his shot on the turn was blocked by a Burnley defender.
There were two additional minutes at the end when it looked like nothing was going to happen but then a Xhaka ball was floated into the box and Lee Mason adjudged there had been a foul on Ramsey and pointed to the spot.
Alexis stepped up to take the and just about scored it, the keeper getting a hand to it but not enough to keep it out. 1-0.
For the second season in a row the Gunners left it right until the death to win at Turf Moor, and the three points put us into the top four.