Injury time Alexis Sanchez penalty earns Arsenal all three points
Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor in the Premier League this afternoon, thanks to an injury time Alexis Sanchez penalty.
The match seemed to be heading for a goalless stalemate when referee Lee Mason controversially awarded the Gunners a penalty.
He adjudged that James Tarkowski had pushed Aaron Ramsey.
Alexis Sanchez stepped up and converted the penalty to give the Gunners all three points.
The result moves Arsenal up to 4th position in the Premier League table.
It’s the third match in a row that Arsenal have beaten Burnley with an injury time goal.
After yesterday’s results both sides knew before the match that a win would take them up to 4th position in the Premier League table.
Sean Dyche named the same starting eleven that beat Swansea City 2-0 last weekend, as his team chased a fourth successive Premier League win.
Chris Wood started on the bench, after missing the win against the Swans because of fatigue after lengthy travels on international duty.
Arsene Wenger made one change to the team that started against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League last weekend.
Alex Iwobi replacing the ill Mesut Ozil.
The match started in teeming rain.
And Burnley showed why they are so hard to play against early on. They were first to every loose ball and won most of the 50-50 challenges.
The Arsenal defence had to be on their toes as they had to clear two crosses from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s.
Gudmundsson got in a shot that didn’t trouble Cech.
At the other end Alexis Sanchez dragged a shot wide from twenty-five yards out.
Gudmundsson continued to threaten and Cech had to push his shot onto the post in the 16th minute.
At the other end Aaron Ramey fired over the crossbar after being set up by Alexandre Lacazette’s run and cross from the left hand side.
Burnley continued to have the better of the play.
Steven Defour had a low shot blocked by Shkodran Mustafi.
In the next attack, Jeff Hendrick’s header was saved by Cech.
Arsenal came back into the match, but were unable create a clear opening.
Monreal and Bellerin shot wide – and Sanchez was denied by James Tarkowski on the edge of the penalty area.
The Clarets continued to threaten at the other end. Cech was forced into another save from a Robbie Brady free-kick.
Sead Koasinac headed wide just before half-time from a Ramsey cross, as the teams went into the break at 0-0.
Neither side made any substitutions for the start of the second half.
Arsenal started the second half on the front foot.
Lacazette had a shot easily saved by Nick Pope.
Arsenal were enjoying plenty of possession, but were unable to crate a clear opening against a home defence excellently marshalled by Tarkowski and Ben Mee.
Ramsey fired high over bar after being set-up by a lob pass from Sanchez.
Jack Wilshere replaced Iwobi in the 67th minute.
Referee Lee Mason waved away Arsenal appeals for a penalty less than a minute later when Hector Bellerin went down under a challenge from Brady.
The home side then went close when Defour sent a shot over the bar as Wilshere dallied on the ball on the edge of his own penalty area.
The match went into the last 20 minutes with it increasingly looking as if one goal would win it.
With the clock ticking towards the 80 minute mark. Birthday boy Danny Welbeck replaced Lacazette.
Wilshere had a shot deflected wide as Arsenal tried to break down a stubborn Burnley defence.
Cech saved from Brady at the other as match went into the final five minutes.
With the match heading towards the 90th minute Mee blocked a Ramsey effort with his knee.
Just as the match looked to heading for a stalemate referee Mason pointed to the spot in the third minute of injury time.
He adjudged that Tarkowski had pushed Ramsey.
Alexis Sanchez stepped up to convert the penalty and give Arsenal all three points.
Next up for Arsenal is a home Premier League match with Huddersfield
Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin 6, Koscielny 7, Mustafi 8, Monreal 7, Kolasinac 7, Xhaka 6, Ramsey 7, Iwobi 5 (Wilshere), Sanchez 7, Lacazette 6 (Welbeck).