Alexis Sanchez scored on both sides of Calum Chambers’ debut goal as Arsenal got 3 late goals and 3 points from a defensive Burnley side.
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1. Resilient Burnley Defence.
Tom Heaton made the scoreline decent after making loads of saves from Arsenal’s attack. The gunners often had their way through the Burnley back four but Heaton took all the heat. He was finally beaten but he would hold his head high above his team mates. Burnley must do better to prevent their slide to relegation.
2. Another Sanchez Razor Brace.
Every season, a gunner’s canon seems to defend the Ashburton Grove. Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Pierse, Aaron Ramsey etc. and now Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean got his second brace in two games. The goals are just a part of the full die-hard-hardworking-workrate Sanchez. Money well spent by Wenger. Can the gunners do without him?
3. Welbeck Fires Blank
Danny Welbeck was created with assisting Chambers goal but the former Manchester United forward was unable to register a goal in a 3 goal harvest. A touch too many, a turn too swift, and Burnley were spared of his goal threat. Sanogo was on the bench and may bank on any relaxation from the Englishman. The possibility is near zero but Welbeck must cash in on opportunities to add to his goal tally. Podolski seems to possess more threat than Danny.
4. Clean Sheet, Thin Sheet
With Monreal, a left back partnering the slowest gunner on the pitch, Metersacker, the Arsenal defence looked like a makeshift one. Koscielny’s injury had made this possible and to get a clean sheet should be commended. Szczesny will be happy not to pick up balls from his net. Arsenal now have 3 clean sheets in the Premier league.
5. Walcott Returns, Podolski Denied.
After that FA cup 2-0 win over Spurs where Walcott was stretched out, the gooners have deprived of watching their speed god torment defences. Against Burnley, Walcott came in as a sub and almost had a goal and an assist but was denied by Heaton and the post. The post rattled in disbelief as Podolski’s shot vibrated around the Emirates. Twice the German unleashed his vernom but twice Burnley was saved by post.
Walcott and Podolski added another dimension to Sanchez’s die hard attitude. Pace, Power and Purpose.
Notable mentions: Chambers debut goal, Ramsey’s introductory change, Cazorla’s shhoting boots,Ox improvement, Boyd’s hand of God and many more.