Full-time: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

  • Arsenal notch last-second winner to mark Arsene Wenger's 20th anniversary in charge with a fifth successive victory
  • Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain's late effort deflected in off the hand of Laurent Koscielny after Theo Walcott had headed Alexis Sanchez's cross to the back post
  • The Gunners had otherwise been held in check by another superb Burnley defensive display at Turf Moor
  • Sean Dyche's side did not enjoy a great deal of possession, but could have taken the lead through Sam Vokes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson before Michael Keane headed against the crossbar
  • Arsenal move up to third in the Premier League and are now just two points adrift of leaders Manchester City
  • Burnley remain 14th having taken seven points from their first seven games back in the top-flight
  • Earlier results: Manchester United 1-1 Stoke, Leicester 0-0 Southampton, Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City
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Despite the controversy involved, Wenger will certainly accept the gift of a last-second winner to mark his 20th anniversary. His side were well below par for the most part today, but, to their credit, they kept pressing and were finally rewarded with that latest of goals. The Gunners have now chalked up five successive wins and move up to third ahead of the international break. They are now one point behind Tottenham and only two adrift of leaders Manchester City.

You have to feel for Burnley, who provided a defensive masterclass up until that frantic finish. They easily could have taken the lead themselves were it not for Vokes' miss, Cech denying Gudmundsson and Keane hitting the woodwork.

Dyche will take plenty of positives from that performance once his initial frustration subsides. His side remain 14th on seven points.



Burnley 0-1 Arsenal


Heartbreak for Burnley as Arsenal snatch all three points with the last kick of the game.

Arsenal work a short corner and Walcott heads Sanchez's cross towards the back post, where Oxlade-Chamberlain turns it in off the hand of Koscielny.

Hugely controversial.

Laurent Koscielny
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Sam Vokes
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Goal: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (Laurent Koscielny)


Another handball shout against Keane as Walcott tries to find a late opening, but again the referee barely gives it a second glance.

Marney produces a brilliant block. Two minutes of added time to play and Arsenal are laying siege to the Burnley box.


Sanchez demonstrates commendable commitment to rob possession from Arfield. Walcott takes over and bends a dangerous shot just wide of the far post. That looked really close.


Arsenal's turn to defend now. Monreal stands firm to twice block crosses from Lowton intended for Vokes and Mustafi also heads one clear.

Good work from Arfield and Gudmundsson in midfield.


Ward blocks a cross from Ozil, whose next delivery is headed clear by Keane.

Into the final 10 minutes at Turf Moor now. Can either of these sides find that elusive winning goal?


An otherwise drab game is really starting to liven up now. First Sanchez sends a perfectly-executed side-foot volley agonisingly wide of the post and Keane then soars above Bellerin and Mustafi to crash a header against the woodwork.

This is certainly more like it.


Santi Cazorla's low cross from the left is blasted straight at Keane by Mee. The travelling Arsenal supporters positioned behind that goal scream for a penalty but the referee is unmoved.

Instead he signals for a corner and Keane comes racing out to thwart a short diagonal pass to Elneny before the Egyptian midfielder can get a shot away.


Walcott drags a low ball across the six-yard box that is too quick for a visibly frustrated Ozil to contemplate turning towards goal.

Wenger has seen enough and now instigates a double change. Granit Xhaka and Iwobi make way for Mohamed Elneny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


Only 20 minutes remaining here and still no subs from Wenger. The fact that they do not have a striker on the bench rather explains that.


Sanchez gets clattered by a commanding Heaton as the Burnley goalkeeper comes out to collect an attempted cross from the painfully lacklustre Ozil.


Ozil makes an absolute mess of his attempted shot and Sanchez berates the referee after being clipped by Marney. Pawson saw the infringement but waved play on.

Mesut Ozil
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Dyche makes his first change of the afternoon, sending on Scott Arfield in place of Steven Defour.

Still goalless as we tick past the hour mark.


Despite Arsenal's dominance, again it is Burnley that come closest to breaking the deadlock. Johann Berg Gudmundsson rises above Nacho Monreal to head Ward's hanging cross towards goal and Cech has to get down to push the ball around the post.

Vokes gets his head to the corner and Walcott just about hacks clear before Hendrick can get a shot away from close range.

Sam Vokes
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This is rather at odds with what we heard earlier on...



Good gracious. Iwobi tries to open up his body and curl a right-footed shot into the top corner, but gets it so badly wrong that the ball hurtles out of play for a throw-in on the far side.

That just about sums up the lack of quality on display during this match so far.


To say that shot from Hendrick was ambitious would be an understatement. The Irish midfielder tries his luck from 35+ yards with entirely predictable results.


Iwobi sweeps a pass out to Walcott, who touches the ball inside for Bellerin. He battles his way through the Burnley defence and Arsenal get a lucky break as it falls for Sanchez, whose low drive is well saved by Heaton.

The Gunners, looking to increase their tempo early in this second half, then come again as Walcott combines with Sanchez before firing over the bar.


Lowton, released by a lofted pass forward from Boyd, hooks a cross into Vokes that the lone frontman flicks against his standing leg and wide.


We are back underway in Lancashire. No changes in either camp at the interval.


It certainly hasn't made for an enjoyable spectacle from a neutral's perspective, but Dyche should be delighted with how his hard-working side have battled and maintained concentration to snuff out Arsenal's considerable attacking threats.

Despite a lack of possession and numbers in the opposition half, the hosts also created the best opportunity of the afternoon thus far when Vokes headed Lowton's right-wing cross wide.

Whether they can keep it up for the entire 90 minutes remains to be seen. Plenty of work to do for Wenger on his 20th anniversary.