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Sanchez nicks it at the death for Arsenal

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An injury time penalty gifted to Arsenal by an unnecessary push by James Tarkowski on Aaron Ramsey enabled the Gunners to clinch an unexpected 1-0 victory over a competitive Burnley side that went toe to toe with Arsenal for the better part of the contest.

It was a case of deja vu at Turf Moor with Alexis Sanchez stepping up to the spot like he did in the 98th minute last season, and with only 2 minutes of injury time allotted at the end of this game, it was a case of Sanchez scoring again from the penalty spot, despite Nick Pope going the right way, with what was almost the last kick of the game.

Burnley, who came into this game sitting in 7th place in the Premier League standings, started the better with Johann Berg Gudmundsson coming close to beating Petr Cech at his near post with a crisp effort early in the contest.

Arsenal should have taken the lead with what was their first attack of the game with Alexandre Lacazette seeing his left wing cross hammered high and wide by Ramsey, who just couldn't control a pacey pass with just the keeper to beat.

Failing to break down a well drilled Burnley backline in the absence of an ill Mesut Ozil, Arsenal were largely restricted to shots from distance, and were regularly well off the mark.

Cech was indeed the busier of the two keepers, keeping out keeping out a low shot from Man of the Match Gudmundsson, while also tipping a Robbie Brady free-kick over the crossbar.

Arsenal played much better in the second half, but never really looked like threatening Pope's goal, with substitute Jack Wilshere's deflected effort the closest they seemed to come to a goal.

As the game wore on, Arsenal were increasingly camped in the Burnley half, but Arsene Wenger's surprise decision not to throw on Olivier Giroud in an attempt to force a result seemed to suggest he would have been happy to head home with a point.

Tarkowski's error though late in the game gave Arsenal a chance to nick all three, and Sanchez kept his cool to tuck away the penalty and push Arsenal up to fourth place in the Premier League standings, on the back of just the Gunners' second away win this season.

Despite their poor away form, Arsenal are just a point behind Chelsea in third, and four shy of Manchester United, who will come calling to the Emirates on the 2nd of December. Before that the Gunners have another Premier League game in midweek against Huddersfield Town.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shared after the game "In the first half we didn't find our game, they stopped us from playing very well. In the second half it was a question of the final ball and patience, not making a mistake at the back. We changed a bit of shape, I felt we had to give more."

About the penalty decision, Wenger added, "From outside it looked 100%. I don't know why he pushed him in the back. I would like to see it again."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche meanwhile shared, "It's difficult because it was a very good performance from us. Overall you're disappointed not in the performance, the outcome... To limit them to very few chances is very pleasing. It's hard to define how you don't get something from the game, but we didn't today. There's so many pleasing things, the growth I talk about, it was on show today."

About the penalty, Dyche added, "It was highly unlikely it wasn't going to get given on a day like today, that's all I'll say."

Final Score: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (Sanchez pen 90+2')

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