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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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That is all from me, but please join my IBTimes UK colleagues Nick Howson and Tony Mogan for live coverage of the deciding Ryder Cup singles matches at Hazeltine.

We will also bring you all the details of interim manager Gareth Southgate's first England squad for the forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Malta and Slovenia, which is due to be released at some point this evening.


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.


Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

One minuted of added time signalled at the end of the first half. Arsenal continue to dominate possession but still they cannot find a way through as Iwobi is stifled.

Sanchez attempts to open up that solid Burnley defence, but again the final ball is found wanting as Keane nips in to intercept a pass intended for Walcott.

Alexis Sanchez
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Lowton gets forward down that right flank again and delivers a perfect cross for Vokes, who is being played on by at least one yellow shirt on the far side. Unfortunately for Burnley, he guides his header well wide.

A poor touch from Ozil leads to the breakdown of an Arsenal attack and allows Burnley the chance to break. However, they lack the pace and numbers necessary to make it count.


Bellerin looks to slide in Walcott, who was in an offside position, but the ball deflects wide off Ward. Arsenal's subsequent short corner is wasted.

Dean Marney shows admirable determination to get back and prevent Ozil from collecting a pass in the area. You certainly can't fault Burnley's battling work ethic thus far, despite a distinct lack of quality.

While he is obviously something of an isolated figure, Vokes is giving Mustafi all he can handle during the opening 25 minutes at Turf Moor. That is certainly an intriguing battle to keep an eye on as this match progresses.

Plenty of early possession for Arsenal but so far they have struggled to find that quality final ball. Stephen Ward does well to snuff out a pass from Iwobi intended for Bellerin.

Arsene Wenger
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Mustafi is enraged at having been penalised for a foul on the physical Vokes and comically/graphically demonstrates to referee Pawson that he was having his shirt pulled.

Burnley caught defending a little too deep there as Sanchez slips a pass into Walcott and the latter whips a low shot through the legs of Mee and wide.

Hendrick seizes on a rogue header from Shkodran Mustafi and quickly switches the play out to Boyd. The former Scotland winger takes the ball on before producing a hopeful shot that is nowhere near the target.

Cech's kicking is looking somewhat erratic early on here. That is twice now that attempted passes to Iwobi have sailed straight over his head and out of play.

Matt Lowton gets forward and tries to release Vokes with a low pass that is overhit and gathered by Cech.

Burnley's lone frontman is then caught offside for a second time and Arsenal regain possession.

Ben Mee sloppily concedes possession to Iwobi inside his own penalty area and breathes a sigh of relief after watching Mesut Ozil scuff his shot into the arms of Tom Heaton.

George Boyd throws his arms up in exasperation after being denied a corner following an effective bit of shielding from lighting quick right-back Hector Bellerin.

You have to say that looked the correct decision at first glance.

Hector Bellerin

Arsenal work an early opening with typically quick ball movement, but Sanchez's shot deflects off Walcott and behind for a goal kick.

At the other end, Hendrick picks out Vokes and the Wales striker drags a shot wide before being flagged for offside.

An early sight of goal for Alex Iwobi after Keane's wayward clearance, but the Nigerian international blasts his effort over the crossbar.

Alex Iwobi
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Referee Craig Pawson gets the final Premier League clash of the weekend underway. Arsenal, wearing their yellow and navy blue change strips, are kicking from right to left in this first half.

Can Wenger celebrate 20 years in charge with a fifth consecutive Arsenal victory, or will Burnley claim another memorable home scalp? Let's find out...

So how exactly have Burnley fared against Arsenal over recent years? A quick glance at the head-to-head records tells you that they are yet to register a single Premier League victory over the Gunners and have not beaten them in any division since September 1974.

Burnley's only win over today's opponents in any competition during the last 42 years was a 2-0 triumph back in 2008. Kevin McDonald scored twice that night to knock a youthful Arsenal side out of the League Cup.

Kevin McDonald
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Their last meeting in January saw Arsenal win 2-1 through goals from Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez to advance through to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Sam Vokes also netted a header for the visitors in north London.

Interesting. Are Arsenal already losing faith in their £17m late summer arrival? Many people were quick to label it as nothing more than a panic buy....


When asked if he felt he had changed football in this country, and indeed the naysayers as far as his England job prospects are concerned would likely argue that he was at the forefront of an international revolution that has led to the marginalisation of young English players, he added...

I don't know. I was happy to have an opportunity to show I could do well in England and after that you stick to your ideas and if it works or doesn't work you accept that. I think it's always good to have a mixture between local people and foreign people because it brings new ideas.

Wenger also said he is "not obsessed" with going out on a high and that the club, the fans and his own feelings all matter when it comes to a decision over the future. He was also quick to reiterate that "if things go well my priority is this club".

Wenger spoke candidly regarding his two decades at Arsenal in the build-up to this game and admitted that the Gunners took a real risk in appointing him following the dismissal of Bruce Rioch.

It was a big gamble because I was one of the first foreign managers who came to England. I think before me you had [Jozef] Venglos, who had not worked out at Aston Villa. So there was a belief that a foreign manager could not work in England. So at that time I would never have imagined 20 years later I would still be here.

There was a resistance,of course. There was a belief that a foreign manager could never win a championship in England.

Like Wenger, Dyche was also asked this week whether he would be interested in potentially taking the England job. The gravelly-voiced 45-year-old would be considered a rank outsider by practically everyone outside of Burnley and he duly conceded that there are better candidates available.

Sean Dyche
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You'd want to have a go at the England job, but my CV is not deep enough, I don't feel, to take that on now. I could in the sense of 'go on, I could have a go' but you want to be in a position in anything in life when you've got the depth of knowledge and experience to actually achieve something, not just take it on because you can.

It's not that I wouldn't want to do it ever, because I would somewhere down the line if it ever came my way. But I think you have to have the layers in place to make a success of it. There are other people out there at the moment who are in a better place to take on a challenge like that.

It is certainly true that Keane has become an influential figure around these parts since joining Burnley permanently from Manchester United following a successful loan spell in 2015.

He was the subject of multiple bids from defending champions Leicester during the summer transfer window and now Antonio Conte is said to view him as a potential long-term solution to Chelsea's current defensive woes. Dyche, however, remains optimistic that he will stay put for the foreseeable future.

We've made it clear he's not for sale, among others who are not for sale, and he's still at the club so that's ongoing.

There's a balance. It's a kind of respect in a way, that people recognise some of our players are doing well but there's also that little bit where you think 'we're not actively selling players'. We don't want to lose players. Situations can become unsettled but Keano's been really clear-minded throughout the summer.

Burnley name precisely the same matchday squad that were present for that defeat of Watford.


Wenger makes one change from the side that eased to a 2-0 Champions League win against Swiss champions FC Basel in midweek courtesy of a brace from Theo Walcott, with Petr Cech back in goal at the expense of David Ospina. This is the same starting XI that registered a most emphatic victory over Chelsea since 1997.

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Centre-back Rob Holding earns a spot on the bench as summer signing Lucas Perez drops out altogether. No word on any potential injury suffered by the Spaniard as of yet.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez

Subs: Ospina, Gibbs, Gabriel, Holding, Elneny, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Defour, Marney, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Boyd, Vokes

Subs: Robinson, Flanagan, Tarkowski, O'Neill, Arfield, Kightly, Bamford

The official teamsheet is in....

Arsenal have a few more personnel issues to contend with. Still missing long-term knee injury victims Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck, Wenger will also be without Olivier Giroud today due to a lingering toe problem.

Francis Coquelin

Aaron Ramsey is not expected to return from a hamstring injury until after the international break, while Francis Coquelin is also set to remain sidelined despite scan results on a knee problem that forced his early substitution in the hugely impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea last weekend showing that the damage to his ligament was not nearly as bad as first feared.

On that latter issue, Wenger said: "I think Coquelin is looking much better than we expected, he had a test today but I still think he will be short for Sunday."

Other than the suspended Gray, Burnley's only absentee today is Ashley Barnes. The former Brighton forward has been out since injuring his hamstring in a pre-season victory over Bradford in July, but Dyche is hopeful that he is now "getting to the very end" of his recovery.

The forthcoming international break will allow him a bit of extra time to work on that missing match fitness.

Burnley were without a win in four matches across all competitions before Monday night, when goals from club-record signing Jeff Hendrick and in-demand centre-back Michael Keane sealed a deserved 2-0 home win over Watford.

Michael Keane
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While they tend to defend stoutly at home, as perfectly showcased by their 1-0 upset of Liverpool in August, the Clarets generally struggle to carve out many attacking opportunities and that lack of goal-scoring nous at the top level is not helped by the absence of Andre Gray.

The prolific striker misses out again today as he serves the second match of a retrospective four-match suspension handed down by the FA for a series of despicable tweets sent back in 2012.

After 1,129 competitive matches, 648 wins, three Premier League titles and no fewer than six FA Cups, Arsene Wenger celebrates two decades in charge of Arsenal this weekend with a potentially tricky trip to Turf Moor.

The 66-year-old, whose future remains up in the air with no official word yet on whether or not he will be offered an extension to his current contract which expires next summer, was presented with a crystal vase by Gunners chairman Sir Chips Keswick during his pre-match press conference on Friday morning before being inevitably faced with more questions regarding the vacant England job.

Sam Allardyce's shock premature departure in the aftermath of an undercover sting from The Daily Telegraph has created a second leadership vacuum in just two months and The Football Association are once again expected to turn to Wenger as a possible solution.

Arsene Wenger
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With Gareth Southgate already confirmed as England's interim boss for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain, there appears to be a very real prospect that he could be asked to take charge of one more before handing the reins over to Wenger when his contract expires. Wenger himself, believed to be the FA's top choice to succeed Roy Hodgson, has done little to quash such speculation by insisting that he could be open to leading the national team in the future. However, that admission comes with the caveat that he is free of any club commitments.

While that narrative bubbles away under the surface, the Frenchman will hope to shake off all unnecessary distractions in Lancashire this afternoon as he prepares to face a miserly Burnley side that have conceded just five goals in their last 17 home matches.