By Walter Broeckx
No changes from the team that started the match against Liverpool. Koscielny is fit again and the only change is in fact Gabriel who wasn’t even on the bench. So a last minute injury or illness we can assume.
Team that started: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. And on the bench: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck.
Arsenal immediately attacking but Ospina had to come out to block a Burnley counter. Arsenal with a combination ending up with a shot from Alexis that went over. Burnley trying the long ball approach and this caused a few moments of needing to be alert.
Coquelin with a great interception on the halfway line starting an attack that lead to a shot from Alexis that was blocked and fell to Özil. The German had a shot at goal that was stopped by the keeper and fell back to Alexis but his shot was blocked by a defender and tit then fell for Ramsey who finaly put it over the line. 0-1 to The Arsenal after 10 minutes.
Dean then gave a free kick just outside the penalty area but the free kick was stopped by the wall and Ospina with a good punch cleared the danger. Arsenal then on the counter but Ramsey was judged offside when we were going to have a shot.
Ramsey pushing the assistant on the field when the ball went out was just an accident I think. Not that you see it much. But everyone could smile with it. Dean doing his best to give as many free kicks to Burnley as can. A great save was needed by Ospina on one of the free kicks. Alexis shaking his head about Dean. A yellow card came out when Mee the Burnley player stopped Ramsey on a promising run.
Cazorla with a free kick after a clear handball but just wide. Duff getting a yellow card after the free kick for I don’t know what. Not for the handball anymore I think? The ball up in the air most of the time because of Burnley just putting it high and far most of the time and then you get this type of match. Arsenal trying to keep the ball on the ground but no real fluent attacking moves for the moment. AFter 30 minutes Arsenal still lead 0-1.
Mee with an arm in the face of Giroud but the yellow card remains in the pocket, would have been his second. The two most contrasting styles one can see on a football field. Arsenal trying to play with the ball and Burnley just pumping it up field and chasing like mad. Barnes fouling Ramsey and Dean….gives the free kick to Burnley? Okay, he corrected it but that was strange. Probably a lapse of concentration in the last minute of the first half. 0-1 in favour of Arsenal after 45 minutes.
Ospina having to do the first goal keepers work in the second half stopping a shot on the turn after a corner. Burnley committing three times as many fouls as Arsenal up to now. Not much goal danger from both sides in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Just when I wrote this a low shot from Alexis but well saved by the keeper. Still 0-1 after one hour.
Ramsey then with a shooting chance but a last second block from a defender prevents an Arsenal goal. From the corner Cazorla shoots over the crossbar. A sloppy pass from Koscielny luckily not leading to any real danger. Maybe a bad bump on the pitch that didn’t look the same quality as the one at the Emirates.
Monreal hooking a ball away before Burnley can get a shot in. And a minute later a real chance but Boyd completely misses his shot. Arsenal not playing at their best for the moment. Ings with a shot on the turn but again Ospina stopped it well. Cazorla and Özil the only ones from Arsenal that try to keep the ball down and play it from feet to feet.
That was finally leading to Arsenal taking the ball and the match back in control and now camping in the Burnley half. Not yet leading to real chances but at least we are finally playing some decent football. With 10 minutes to go Welbeck came on in the place of Giroud. He will not score in his 8th match in a row.
Alexis feeding it to Özil who gives it to Welbeck but his shot is diverted in a corner. Alexis trying to set up Welbeck then but a defender got his foot in front of it. We could have finished the match by now. Burnley make a final substitution in the last minute of extra time and so does Arsenal. Chambers comes on and Alexis goes off.
Nothing changes anymore and Arsenal win with a hard fought victory against a team that didn’t really came to play football but some kind of other sport that they seem to like up there. We dug deep, defended well and gave not much away. We could have made it less nerve wrecking by scoring a second goal but this is also a good example on how the team can even beat a kick and rush team and Dean in the same match.
8 wins in a row, the longest winning run in the league. We can now relax and watch the other 3 teams in the top 4 dropping points. Ramsey with an early match winner. Arsenal currently 4 points behind Chelsea who we will play next in the PL after that other important affair next week in Wembley.