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Koscielny with controversial injury-time winner for Arsenal

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Sam Vokes

Burnley suffered a cruel defeat at Turf Moor as Arsenal secured victory with a controversial Laurent Koscielny goal in the final act of an intriguing match.

In added time, Theo Walcott headed across goal towards Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whose effort went in off what appeared to be Koscielny’s elbow.

As well as a possible handball, there was also a hint of offside with captain Koscielny standing on the goalline.

Michael Keane had Burnley’s best chance, heading on to the crossbar.

But despite the Clarets’ fine defensive display, with Keane in particular impressing as they shut out Arsenal until the 94th minute, they came away with no points for their efforts.

The win allowed Arsenal to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City, who lost 2-0 at Tottenham in one of Sunday’s earlier kick-offs, to two points while overtaking Liverpool to claim third place.

Manager Arsene Wenger admitted his team were fortunate in victory but with this result at Turf Moor, and convincing victories over Chelsea in the league and Basel in the Champions League in the last week, the north Londoners have hit a fine run of form, extending their unbeaten stretch to six league games.

Handball or not?

Immediately after the match, Koscielny – who was credited with the goal – said he did not know whether he had handled. “I tried with my right foot and I don’t know if I touch it with my hand,” the Frenchman said.

Even though Burnley did not appeal for handball at the time, their manager Sean Dyche said afterwards the ball “quite clearly” hit the defender’s hand.

To add to the confusion Arsenal’s winner caused, Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrated as if he had scored but the England international’s shot did appear to hit Koscielny’s arm before it crossed the line, while Dyche even suggested that it was the Arsenal captain who kicked the ball on to his own arm.

As another caveat, if it were the case that Oxlade-Chamberlain did kick the ball on to Koscielny’s arm, the defender would have been in an offside position.

But no matter what the theories, referee Craig Pawson saw nothing wrong with the winner which secured Arsenal a fifth successive Premier League win and ensured another win for Wenger as the 21st year of the 66-year-old’s reign began.

Arsenal stifled until late on

Arsenal were their usual selves in possession – accurate, quick, dominant – and attacked at lightning speed through Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi, but their pleasing-on-the-eye play would often break down as soon as they closed in on the Burnley box, in the first half especially.

The visitors had just one shot on target before the break – a trifling Mesut Ozil attempt in the 16th minute – and Burnley’s defence, especially Keane, must take the credit for that.

Such was their organisation and ability to stifle, it quickly became clear why Dyche’s side had conceded only five goals in their last 17 league games at home before this match.

Ozil was as disappointing as he was effervescent in the 3-0 win over Chelsea, his game summed up with a wayward shot which sailed into the stands when there were better options available to him.

As the match progressed, the Gunners did threaten more with Sanchez in particular their most dangerous player, forcing a low save from goalkeeper Tom Heaton and then striking the bottom corner of the post after Burnley had failed to deal with an Ozil cross.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 25Berg Gudmundsson
  • 13Hendrick
  • 8Marney
  • 16DefourSubstituted forArfieldat 62′minutes
  • 21Boyd
  • 9Vokes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Bamford
  • 17Robinson
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 37Arfield
  • 41O’Neill

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 24Bellerín
  • 20Mustafi
  • 6Koscielny
  • 18Monreal
  • 19Cazorla
  • 29XhakaSubstituted forElnenyat 71′minutes
  • 14Walcott
  • 11Özil
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 71′minutes
  • 7Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 5Gabriel
  • 13Ospina
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 16Holding
  • 31Reine-Adelaide
  • 35Elneny
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,982

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home10
Away18
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home2
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 0, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Arsenal 1.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Arsenal 1. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt blocked. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt blocked. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Attempt blocked. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Offside, Burnley. Tom Heaton tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross following a corner.

Michael Keane (Burnley) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Mohamed Elneny.

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Alex Iwobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Mohamed Elneny replaces Granit Xhaka.

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Scott Arfield replaces Steven Defour.

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Defour with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Defour (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Defour.

Attempt missed. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Héctor Bellerín.

Second Half

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Arsenal 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Burnley 0, Arsenal 0.

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Koscielny with controversial injury-time winner for Arsenal

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