Theo shines as Arsenal sink Clarets

06 March 2010 05:19
But there will be some concerns following the victory for the home supporters after captain Cesc Fabregas withdrew with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.[LNB]The midfielder had volleyed the Gunners - now level with leaders Chelsea, although having played a match more - in front, before being taken off as a precaution.[LNB]Burnley - who had picked up just one point away all season - equalised at the start of the second half through David Nugent, before a fine finish from England forward Walcott and Andrey Arshavin's stoppage-time strike sealed victory.[LNB]The events of last weekend at Stoke were still on the minds of Arsenal fans as they chanted Aaron Ramsey's name before kick-off, while a large banner was also displayed in support of the promising Wales international and the players wore 'Get Well Soon Aaron' T-shirts during the warm-up.[LNB]Arsenal started brightly, with a last-gasp tackle from Tyrone Mears denying Nicklas Bendtner in the six-yard box before Thomas Rosicky fired a 20-yard effort over.[LNB]At the other end, Clarke Carlisle headed a corner straight at Manuel Almunia.[LNB]Walcott - who came in for some criticism after his midweek outing for England - looked lively down the right, but lacked a decent final delivery.[LNB]On 13 minutes, Emmanuel Eboue and Fabregas played a neat one-two which released the Arsenal captain into the right side of the penalty area, but his low shot dragged wide.[LNB]Daniel Fox relieved the pressure when he fired in a 25-yard effort, but Almunia collected it comfortably.[LNB]Arsenal appealed for a penalty when Walcott went down under a shoulder charge from Mears, but referee Chris Foy was not interested.[LNB]There was a stoppage when Samir Nasri and Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen collided going for a 50/50 ball.[LNB]Bendtner almost got on the end of Eboue's low cross through the Burnley box as the one-way traffic continued.[LNB]Arsenal took the lead on 35 minutes through a superbly-crafted effort.[LNB]Nasri made space for himself on the edge of the Burnley box, before chipping the ball over the defence.[LNB]It had the perfect weight for Fabregas to get ahead of Alexander and volley through Jensen's legs for his 17th goal of the season.[LNB]Bendtner then fired wide when sliding into the six-yard box as the Gunners looked for a quick-fire second.[LNB]Walcott squared up to Fox after the Burnley midfielder slid in for a 50/50 ball on the touchline, before calm was restored after a talking to by the referee.[LNB]Fabregas, who had not been running freely for some time, was then replaced by Diaby.[LNB]Arsenal came out in determined mood for the start of the second half.[LNB]Walcott whipped over a fine cross from the right, which Bendtner - who had scored a good header at Stoke - somehow glanced wide from six yards out.[LNB]The Dane was not having a good afternoon, as he then blazed over after Walcott had cut the ball back from the goal-line following Gael Clichy's deep centre.[LNB]Walcott then had a go himself after being released by Nasri, but his angled 20-yard drive flew just over.[LNB]Arsenal were made to pay when Burnley equalised on 50 minutes.[LNB]A clearance from Eboue was headed back towards the penalty area by Leon Cort, and as the defence hesitated, the ball bounced right through to Nugent, who lifted it past Almunia.[LNB]Arsenal suddenly had more urgency, but were now faced with a determined 10-man rearguard.[LNB]Walcott was away again down the right, and his shot was parried behind by Jensen.[LNB]The England forward finally had his goal on the hour after cutting inside and stroking a low, left-foot effort inside the far post.[LNB]Arshavin came on for Rosicky as Arsenal looked to up the tempo.[LNB]The Russian, though, blazed over after more industrious work from Walcott.[LNB]Bendtner once more stroked the ball wide from six yards out when it looked a certain goal after Walcott's low centre.[LNB]The hapless Dane's afternoon was eventually ended when he was replaced by Eduardo with 17 minutes left - the striker being given a somewhat ironic standing ovation.[LNB]To their credit, Burnley continued to look for an equaliser, and substitute Steven Thompson fired over with five minutes left.[LNB]Arsenal finished strongly, though, as Jensen pushed Walcott's curling effort behind before Arshavin stroked in a third during stoppage time.[LNB][LNB]

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