Burnley 0 Arsenal 1
( Ramsey 12 )

Aaron Ramsey smiled that knowing smile of satisfaction after his goal proved to be the difference at Turf Moor on Saturday. Burnley who earned a point against Spurs last weekend and saw off Manchester City in mid March showed the tenacity and resilience that had been evident in those other games. Against the Gunners however, Ramsey showed why he has become such an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s plans, scoring his tenth goal of the season, and on his milestone 150th Premier League game. Arsenal had chances to add to their lead though Alexis and Santi Cazorla in particular, and at the other end, David Ospina put in another performance which will keep him as Wenger’s first choice keeper. Ramsey’s solitary strike after 12 minutes would settle this game which sees Arsenal record their eight consecutive win, and in this mood who knows what may happen come the end of May.

Ramsey and his team mates will look for a major Premier League statement of intent when Chelsea come to the Emirates next, and also at Wembley where the Wales midfielder has happy memories from last season’s FA Cup final win. For now, Ramsey was just delighted to have given the Gunners a vital win.

“It was a tough game and you could see why so many teams have dropped points here this season. They’ve been pretty strong at home so it was good that we hung on.

“I thought we looked pretty solid defensively and they didn’t really have too many clear-cut opportunities. We scored the goal as well and I’m delighted to get that, ” he said.
On the 150th game, Ramsey spoke of his delight, despite his unfortunate injuries during his time at Arsenal.

“I’m delighted to get the goal and even more happy to make my 150th Premier League appearance. Hopefully there will be many more to come. It means a lot to reach that at my age. I missed a big chunk of that through injury so I’m very happy.

Wenger kept an unchanged side from the one which thrashed Liverpool, and the Gunners were quickly into the flow of the game.

Alexis struck a free kick which was held by Tom Heaton after two minutes. Burnley hit back when Sam Volks went past Per Mertersacker, but Ospina was able to make the save from his effort. Alexis has scored just twice in his last 13 games, but looked to be in the mood to give the the Burnley rearguard much cause for concern. The Chile striker struck over the bar after neat pass and movement caused the danger.

After 12 minutes and Mesut Ozil was in from with an angled shot. Heaton was then called on to make the initial save from Özil. The ball however ricochet in the Clarets’ box. Alexis then followed up, but the ball then fell to Ramsey who fired into the roof of the net for the opening goal.

The home side seemed shocked but responded through Kieran Trippier and Ospina was again forced to make the save midway through the first half.

After 26 minutes, Cazorla struck a free kick that seemed destined for the second goal of the game, but Heaton was a relieved man as he saw the ball whistle just shy of his upright. The Burnley keeper was proving to be the busier and made a fine low save as Alexis threatened. Only Ben Mee’s block as Ramsey was about to pull the trigger from close in kept the deficit to just the solitary goal. Danny Ings produced an acrobatic overhead kick which Ospina saw all the way and substitute Danny Welbeck’s low shot fizzed wide but deflected for a corner after his pace had the home side stretched in the closing moments. Wenger reflected on his side’s ability to hold their lead against a tough opponent, and also produce a familiar scoreline.

“I believe that we know we can play with sharpness and fluency but we know as well that on Saturday what we needed was to be a bit more scrappy, show more fight, be more combative, and we can produce that side as well,” said Wenger. “That’s what we have to show in the coming months.

“I don’t know if ( a 1-0 win is a return to ) good or bad days, but a win is a win sometimes. You can’t always win 3-1, 4-1 or 5-1. In this season you need as well to be able to win 1-0. I’m glad we can do that as well.
“I would like to pay tribute to Burnley as well,” added Wenger. “They are a very good side, well organised. You have to give credit to their manager. He does a good job here.”

“I look at the fixture list and we play next week in the semi-final of the FA Cup and that’s what I focus on,” noted Wenger. “We focus on the next game. Behind us are some hunters as well and we are in a position that nobody believed was possible one month ago, so let’s just focus on ourselves and see where we stand at the end of the season.”