Arsenal 2 v 1 Burnley (FA Cup -4th Round)
The Clarets travelled to the capital in the fourth round of the FA Cup and manager Sean Dyche made just two changes, bring in Darikwa and Ulvestad in place of Lowton and Joey Barton.
Burnley had the first effort of the game after two minutes when Andre Gray’s left footed shot from the centre of the box went just wide over the Arsenal crossbar following, a Sam Vokes headed pass after a set piece.
Arsenal’s transfer window signing Mohamed Elneny has a right footed shot from outside the box on eight minutes, but it was well saved by Tom Heaton in the Burnley goal.
Burnley continued to press as Andre Gray had another effort with a right footed shot from the right side of the box, which was well saved in the middle of of his goal by Ospina.
On nineteen minutes, Arsenal took the lead when Alexis Sánchez went down the wing before finding Calum Chambers in the right-hand side of the Burnley area, his right-footed shot curled passed Heaton into the left corner to make it 1-0 to the Gunners.
Arsenal then had two efforts on twenty-fours minutes, the first feel to Olivier Giroud but his left-footed shot was well blocked by Ben Mee, the ball fell too Mohamed Elneny but his shot from outside the box was well blocked by Michael Keane.
On thirty minutes, Burnley drew level following an excellent cross from Tendaya Darikwa which found SamVokes in the Arsenal area, his header went passed Ospina into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
On thirty-four minutes, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain collected the ball and run at the Clarets defence, before taking a left-footed shot from the left side of the six yard box which went passed Heaton’s left-hand post.
Sam Vokes then had a shot from the edge of the Arsenal box following an excellent pass by Scott Arfield, but his shot was well blocked by Gibbs.
The final effort of the half fell to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but his right footed shot from outside the Burnley box was well saved by Tom Heaton to make the half-time score 1-1.
Arsenal started the second-half the quickest and regained the lead just eight minutes after the re-start, when an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross found Alexis Sánchez and his right-footed shot went into the top right corner, to make it 2-1.
The final half an hour was fairly even with both sides having a couple of efforts on goal, but they both failed to take those chances, just after the hour mark as the winter weather arrived Burnley looked to strengthen the midfield by introducing Joey Barton, but it didn’t change the game.
Arsenal could have extended their lead on eighty-five minutes, but Oxlade-Chamberlain shot from the edge of the area went well over Tom Heaton’s crossbar, to leave the final score 2-1 to Arsenal.
Speaking after the game Burnley manager Sean Dyche said, “It was a closer run affair this year and we had some good chances. I’m really pleased with the growth my players have shown in that year.
Unfortunately we didn’t quite have enough and ultimately the disappointment is we haven’t gone through to the fifth round, the fans were excellent again.”
Arsenal – Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Elneny, Sanchez, Giroud (Subs) Cech, Campbell, Bellerin, Monreal, Walcott, Arteta, Rosicky
Burnley – Heaton, Darikwa, Keane, Mee, Ward, Jones, Ulvestad, Boyd, Arfield, Vokes, Gray (Subs) Robinson, Duff, Barton, Taylor, Lowton, Hennings, Kightly
Goals – (Arsenal) Chambers (19), Sanchez (53) (Burnley) Vokes (30)
Attendance – 59,932