Burnley 0 Arsenal 1
Alexis pen, 92

Arsenal left it late to secure only their second away win of the season when Alexis Sanchez scored from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute. The late late Arsenal beating of Burnley has become a bit of a theme of late, this was the third such win by the Gunners over the Clarets. It was a controversial decision from referee Lee Mason, but he judged that James Tarkowski had his hands on the back of Aaraon Ramsey as the former Wales captain was about to get a shot away. However the Burnley defender caught Ramsey and a penalty was the decision. Up stepped Alexis Sanchez to fire low past Nick Pope for what was the winner. It meant that Arsenal had climbed to fourth place in the Premier League with back to back wins and following the shut out of Spurs, back to back clean sheets too.

The win was the sixth time Arsenal had prevailed when both Alexis and Alexandre Lacazette started. With Mesut Özil absent due to illness, Alex Iwobj started in a tough encounter where Burnley made for an open game. Gudmundsson was lively and only a fingertips save by Petr Cech kept the score at 0-0.

Ramsey should have done better when set up by Lacazette’s pacy wing play and fowling his 67th minute introduction for Iwobi, Jack Wilshere drove at the heart of the Burnley defence, and was unlucky to his effort defected wide of the target. Both sides seemed to have nullified each other and an away point may not have been a bad result for the Gunners. That was until Alexis kept his cool to give Arsenal the win.

Arsene Wenger was delighted to have come through a tough test at Turf Moor and backed the penalty decision which won Arsenal the game.

“From outside, it looked like a clear penalty,” he said. “I felt there was one on Bellerin as well. I can understand that (Burnley) are disappointed with that, but from outside it looked like a penalty.

“When you speak to him (Ramsey), he didn’t throw himself on the ground. He said he wanted to go back and flick on the ball. He was pushed in the back and he has a problem in his neck from the push. He said it was a very strong push.”

The Arsenal boss was impressed with the resilience his side showed in very weather challenging situations.

“We kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley,” said Wenger.

“We won 1-0, but I’d like to congratulate our three centre-backs again today, because they did a remarkable job.

“I give us a merit today because we didn’t concede a goal. Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half. We kept our heads and in the end we got the penalty that we wanted. The first half was an even game but in the second half it was all us.

“We changed our organisation a bit at half-time and I told the players that we were at 80 per cent of what we could do. We had to get more out of ourselves in the second half and I think we did that much better.

“I thought the draw would have been a disappointment today, even if Burnley are a very good team. You understand, when you look at them, why they are a very good team and why they have 22 points. We were on a high after Tottenham and I think it was important to push on again to strengthen the belief and the ambition of the team.”