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  • Date: Sat 06 March 2010
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium
  • Ref: Foy, C
  • Attendance: 60,043
Arsenal

Arsenal

Fabregas (34)

Walcott (60)

Arshavin (90)

3 - 1
Burnley

Burnley

Nugent (50)

Arsenal vs Burnley

Team Lineups

Arsenal

Manuel Almunia
Thomas Vermaelen
Mikael Silvestre
Gael Clichy
Cesc Fabregas (Vassiriki Abou Diaby, 39)
Tomas Rosicky (Andrey Arshavin, 60)
Samir Nasri
Theo Walcott
Pereira Neves Denilson
Emmanuel Eboue
Nicklas Bendtner (Da Silva Eduardo, 74)

Burnley

Brian Jensen
Clarke Carlisle
Tyrone Mears
Leon Cort
Danny Fox
Jack Cork
Graham Alexander (Andre Bikey, 65)
Kevin McDonald (Wade Elliott, 53)
Chris Eagles
Martin Paterson (Steven Thompson, 74)
David Nugent

Match Report
Arsenal maintained their pursuit of Premier League title favourites Chelsea and Manchester United after grinding out a 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Goals from Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin secured the points but the Gunners made it a lot harder for themselves than it should have been. Burnley's goal came from David Nugent and that lone effort was enough to generate nervousness amongst home fans until almost the very last kick. The Gunners began brightly and had two good chances to take the lead inside the first four minutes. The first came when Nicklas Bendtner was put through by Fabregas on the right side of the area. The Gunners striker never quite got the ball under control and his tame shot was palmed away by Brian Jensen . The resulting corner was delivered by Fabregas and eventually fell to Thomas Rosicky, whose first-time shot was just inches wide with Jensen a spectator. Walcott looked like he had a real appetite for the game and was a thorn in the side of both Daniel Fox and Chris Eagles, who were doubling up on the England winger. Some good interplay between Fabregas and Emmanuel Eboue, including a clever back-flick by the Ivorian, allowed the Gunners captain free run on goal. Unfortunately, his shot was dragged wide across goal and bobbled clear of the right upright for a goalkick. Arsene Wenger's side went ahead in the 34th minute through Fabregas, who got onto the end of Samir Nasri's loping ball over the top of the Burnley rearguard to half-volley past Jensen from four yards out. That was Fabregas' last real contribution of the game as he was replaced by Abou Diaby, who had been warming up in readiness for some 10 minutes prior to the goal. Bendtner spurned two golden chances within the first two minutes of the second half and the Gunners were regretting the misses when Burnley equalised on 50 minutes. Leon Cort headed a long ball into the Arsenal area and Nugent sprung the offside trap and then lifted the ball past a helpless Manuel Almunia. After that, Burnley pulled everyone back in defence while the Gunners continued to carve out opportunities but found a goalkeeper in form in Jensen who made magnificent saves from Walcott, Samir Nasri and Bendtner. The big shot-stopper was eventually beaten by a delightful run and shot by Walcott on the hour to cap a performance where he had been Arsenal's most dangerous player. More chances went begging as the clock ticked away. Arshavin missed a gilt-edged chance when teed up by Diaby, who had broken away from the Burnley defenders with seven minutes to go. Jensen denied Walcott with a fine save a minute later and a crucial third goal still would not come. Massive relief came for the visitors in the last minute of added time when Arshavin suddenly broke from the right to accelerate into the box and fire across goal and into the bottom left corner of the net as Arsenal's unlikely late charge for the title gained a little more momentum.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

It is full time at the Emirates

90
Goal
 

Arshavin scores with a neat finish right at the death

90

Arsenal waste a corner and give the ball to Burnley. The ball is played back to Jensen, who sends it long towards Cork

87

Jensen saves a shot from Walcott with his strong left hand

85

Arshavin skews the ball over the bar after good work from Diaby. That's another big miss from Arsenal

84

Thompson blasts the ball over the bar from close range after Almunia made a mess of his attempt to grab the ball from a Burnley corner

83

Arshavin's shot is blocked but the ball breaks to Eduardo. The striker keeps the ball for too long before it rolls out for a goal kick

81

Elliott clips the ball into the box but it's an easy take for the Arsenal goalkeeper. Wasteful from Burnley there

78

Eduardo has a good chance to score but he fails to get his attempt on target

77

Almunia makes a comfortable save from a header from Cork

76

Fox takes a free kick. The ball eventually falls to Thompson but he makes a mess of the cross into the box

75

Arsenal are looking fairly comfortable at the moment without applying too much pressure on the Burnley defence

72
Substitution
 

Bendtner is replaced by Da Silva Eduardo

72
Substitution
 

Paterson comes off for Steven Thompson

71
Yellow Card
 

Elliott is booked for a foul on Walcott

70

Fox swings in a free kick. Nugent tries to get on the end of it but can't quite get there and Arsenal can break

68
Yellow Card
 

Carlisle is booked for a late challenge

67

Bendtner goes on a run forward and picks out Eboue but his shot is blocked. The ball comes back out to Bendtner but his shot is saved

64
Substitution
 

Andre Bikey comes on for Alexander

64

Walcott sends the ball into the box and it falls to Bendtner. The striker should score from 6 yards but he drags his attempt wide. Awful finish from Bendtner

62

Walcott hooks the ball into the box and Arshavin sends an effort over the bar. Burnley's defence was all over the place there

60
Substitution
 

Andrey Arshavin comes on for Rosicky

60
Goal
 

Walcott cuts inside and sends a left-footed shot past Jensen into the corner of the goal

57

Jensen makes a great one-handed save from Walcott, who sprinted forward on the break after Paterson lost the ball

54

Jensen saves a shot from Nasri after more good build-up play from Arsenal

53
Substitution
 

McDonald comes off for Wade Elliott

52

How Arsenal may live to regret those missed chances at the start of this half. Burnley are defending in numbers now already

50
Goal
 

Nugent hooks the ball over Almunia after beating Vermaelen to the ball

49

Walcott gets into space in a good position and shoots but his attempt goes over the bar

48

Another massive miss from Bendtner from close range. This time, his effort from Walcott's cross is blasted over the bar

47
Yellow Card
 

Paterson is booked for a foul on Eboue. Seems a little harsh on the Burnley man

46

Bendtner heads the ball wide of the post from just 5 yards out. He really should have scored there

Second half
 

The second half is underway

Half time
 

It is half time at the Emirates

45

Both sides are going through the motions, waiting for half time here

43

Hearing that Fabregas had to leave the pitch with a hamstring injury

43

David Nugent tries to get in behind the Arsenal defence but Thomas Vermaelen comes across to make a good challenge

41

Nasri runs at the Burnley defence and shoots towards goal but Jensen makes a save

38
Substitution
 

Fabregas is replaced by Vassiriki Abou Diaby. There may be injury concerns over the Arsenal midfielder

37

The referee has a word with Fox and Walcott after the two come together. The Arsenal man seemed to raise his arms but both escape a booking

35

Burnley nearly concede another just seconds after that opening goal but Arsenal, and in particular Bendtner, fluff their chance

34
Goal
 

Fabregas opens the scoring with a neat finish through the legs of Jensen after a great one-two

31

A good strike from Paterson is saved well by Almunia

30

Nasri looks a little winded but should be OK to continue. Jensen is up as well but still looks uncomfortable

29

Jensen collides with Samir Nasri as he tries to get on the end of a ball from Fabregas and the goalkeeper looks in some pain

26
Yellow Card
 

McDonald is booked for pulling back Rosicky cynically

25

Fabregas sends a free kick from 35 yards out into the box. Walcott goes down in the box under a challenge from Mears. The Arsenal fans want a penalty but the referee takes no notice

23

Burnley have a free kick in a good position. Fox takes it but he sends the ball miles over the bar. Wasteful from Burnley

22

Almunia comfortably saves a shot from Fox. Decent effort but simple for the Arsenal goalkeeper

20

Chris Eagles breaks forward and finds Martin Paterson, who plays the ball to Tyrone Mears. This is a decent spell of possession for the away side but they need more quality in the final third

18

Bendtner chases forward to get on the end of a cross but Carlisle stays with him every step of the way and puts the ball out for a corner, which is cleared comfortably

15

Burnley are extremely fortunate to be on level terms; Arsenal have been dominant so far

13

Fabregas plays a magnificent one-two and then fires a stinging shot across the face of goal. Good chance for Arsenal there

11

The ball deflects off Danny Fox for a corner. Bendtner nearly gets a head on the ball but Burnley clear well in the end

8

Walcott sprints forward down the wing again and hooks the ball towards Bendtner but Kevin McDonald gets a decent touch on the ball and it falls to Jensen

6

Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save from a headed effort from Clarke Carlisle

5

Theo Walcott goes on a great run and finds Fabregas, who plays a one-two with Emmanuel Eboue. Brian Jensen does well to come out and grab the ball

4

Nicklas Bendtner has a great chance to score despite hints of offside. Burnley do well to clear the ball behind for a corner, from which Rosicky sends a shot just wide of the post

2

Tyrone Mears nicks the ball away from Tomas Rosicky with Cesc Fabregas threatening after patient build-up play from Arsenal

Kickoff
 

The game is underway at the Emirates Stadium

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Arsenal will be looking to beat Burnley by four goals to go top of the league, whilst Burnley will be hoping to improve their awful away form this season