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‘It looked like a clear penalty to me’

Three days after a penalty call went against us in Cologne, we’ve seen a big decision go in our favour.

The push on Aaron Ramsey that earned us a stoppage-time spot-kick against Burnley was the talk of Turf Moor after the game.

And Arsene Wenger was unequivocal: he thought it was the right decision.

“From outside, it looked like a clear penalty,” he said. “I felt there was one on Bellerin as well. I can understand that [Burnley] are disappointed with that, but from outside it looked like a penalty.

“When you speak to him [Ramsey], he didn’t throw himself on the ground. He said he wanted to go back and flick on the ball. He was pushed in the back and he has a problem in his neck from the push. He said it was a very strong push.”

Burnley started strongly on Sunday but we eventually got the measure of them, and the boss had praise for our opponents.

“I felt we played a bit slowly in the first half but in the second half our pace was much better, even if we missed the final ball,” he said.

“Is that down to us not being able to find the right ball or because of them defending very well? What is for sure is that they defend very well, they are very well organised and they are very clever, very clever, very direct as well. You understand when you play against them, why they have 22 points.

“In the first half it was a very even game with them looking a bit sharper than us,” he added. “It took us a while to get into the pace of the game.

“We were more decisive on 50:50s in the second half. In the second half I felt it was all us and they had many more problems coming out. We made some changes but we also pushed ourselves a bit higher up.

“For us, after the win against Tottenham, it was very important to go away from home and play a very difficult game and win it. That’s what we did. For the belief of the team, it’s a very important win.”

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Watch the very best of Mustafi at Burnley

Shkodran Mustafi has been in commanding form since he returned to our Premier League side two weekends ago.

After impressing against Tottenham Hotspur in our north London derby win, the Germany defender produced a man-of-the-match performance to help us keep back-to-back domestic clean sheets with a late victory at Burnley.

Click ‘Play’ on the video above to watch the very best of Mustafi’s display at Burnley.

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Re-live Alexis’ dramatic winner against Burnley

We left it late, but Alexis’ dramatic penalty secured all three points against Burnley on Sunday.

It was a tough match at Turf Moor, with the hosts also creating a number of chances in the first half, but Alexis - much like he did in last season’s reverse fixture - held his nerve to score our winner from the spot. 

You can now watch all of the action from the game, including a bitesize clip, an extended cut above and the full match replay below:

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Press conference

Get the latest update on Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil travelled with the team to Burnley on Saturday but didn’t make it into the final squad for Sunday’s game.

Arsene Wenger explained why in his post-match press conference:

on Mesut missing out…
I haven’t even seen him, the doctor came to see me and said we had to travel him back today. He was in the hotel with us. He travelled up and travelled back and we brought Maitland-Niles, who arrived at 1pm because we were only 17 [without Mesut]. Will he be available for Wednesday? Certainly he will be short for Wednesday.

on Alexis…
I pushed him more in the middle for the second half and he was much more influential. I felt in the first half as well he was like the team, he didn’t get enough in the game. Second half he was much more dangerous and you could see that for him the danger could be creative.

on Jack’s performance…

  • I feel he did alright when he came on because he had that little burst to be dangerous. I think he is focused, determined and that’s what we want from him. We play so many games that he is getting up and stronger in every game.
Post-Match Report

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED

Alexis scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty to snatch all three points at Turf Moor.

We beat Burnley with last-gasp goals in both Premier League meetings last season and this makes it three in a row. The bigger picture? We’re back in the top four.

The spot-kick was an easy one to give after James Tarkowski shoved Aaron Ramsey as Sead Kolasinac headed across goal. And Alexis was coolness personified with a low finish past goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Both teams went into this game with 22 points and the chance to propel themselves into the Champions League places with a win.

Alexis taking the game to Burnley early on

And you could see why Burnley have been flying so high. Disciplined in defence and tidy on the ball, they rarely concede clear-cut chances and are a menace in the air at the other end.

We could have done more to quell Burnley’s aerial threat in the first half, but we stood firm amid a flurry of crosses thanks largely to the determination of Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi.

Johann Gudmundson went as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock, beating Nacho Monreal and firing a shot off the upright - with the help of Petr Cech’s fingertips.

But we had a decent chance too, Alex Lacazette getting away from Tarkowski and crossing for Ramsey to flash a first-time effort over the bar.

Aaron Ramsey came close to striking in the first half

A brilliant block from Mustafi denied Steven Defour and Cech pushed away a free-kick from Robbie Brady, but we grew into the game. And as our passing got crisper, the hosts looked more vulnerable.

Now it was about getting that final ball right. Lacazette produced a good one but Alexis was robbed as he shaped to shoot. Then Alexis found Kolasinac but the Bosnian opted against a first-time finish and the chance went.

Ramsey span and shot just over, and Wilshere came off the bench to go close with an effort that flicked off Tarkowski and drifted wide.

But we never settled for a draw and it was Alexis - again - who had the final word.

HOW IT HAPPENED

See how the match unfolded with our play-by-play commentary

WHAT IT MEANS

We've risen up to fourth in the table following victory at Turf Moor

This win takes us up to fourth place in the Premier League, ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool.

We’re one point behind third-placed Chelsea.

WHAT’S NEXT

We’re back at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday for a Premier League game against Huddersfield Town.

Then it’s another home game - against Manchester United on Saturday.

DID YOU KNOW

Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche on the touchline in the second half

Here are some of the standout stats from Sunday’s game:

- We have won our last seven meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last three in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline

- We won both PL meetings with the Clarets last season courtesy of 90th-minute winners – only the second ever occasion of a team doing this home and away against the same opponent in the competition (after Man United v Man City in 2009/10)

- Turf Moor has only seen eight goals scored in seven PL matches this season; fewer than any other stadium in the competition

Alexis has scored five goals in his six meetings with Burnley in all competitions; four of these goals have come at the Emirates

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How we turned the tide against Burnley

Burnley had the upper hand in the first half at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger admitted as much, and our players echoed that point when they spoke after the match.

Burnley’s aerial threat was clear from the start but - at first - we didn’t close down effectively when the home side looked to deliver crosses into the box.

“We had to change the way we set up defensively a little bit because we were giving them a lot of time on the ball,” Hector Bellerin told Arsenal.com.

“It was about pressing a bit higher and making the space a little bit shorter for them. I think it worked.

“It’s a game that we thought would be really hard,” he added. “We know that they play good football and have a very clear philosophy in the way that they play, so we knew it was going to be tough especially defensively.

“We knew there would be lots of long balls and lots of physicality. We knew we would get our chances, defending compact, and because of that we got a reward. Credit to them, they played good football and they made it really hard for us.”

And how about that penalty? Bellerin admitted he didn’t see it clearly enough to make an instant judgement.

“I was a bit far away from the situation but I knew there were a lot of people in the box at that time,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a lot of grabbing inside the box, so I’m sure the referee had a better view than me. I will have a look later.”

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‘I give us a merit… we kept our heads’

Alexis scored the late, late goal to beat Burnley - but the clean sheet was just as crucial to our last-gasp win.

We were put under significant pressure at Turf Moor, especially from crosses, but our back three of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal stood firm.

“We kept a clean sheet and they were really up for it, Burnley,” Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com.

“We won 1-0, but I’d like to congratulate our three centre-backs again today, because they did a remarkable job.

“I give us a merit today because we didn’t concede a goal. Our defence worked well again and we were relentless in the second half. We kept our heads and in the end we got the penalty that we wanted. The first half was an even game but in the second half it was all us.

“We changed our organisation a bit at half-time and I told the players that we were at 80 per cent of what we could do. We had to get more out of ourselves in the second half and I think we did that much better.

“I thought the draw would have been a disappointment today, even if Burnley are a very good team. You understand, when you look at them, why they are a very good team and why they have 22 points. We were on a high after Tottenham and I think it was important to push on again to strengthen the belief and the ambition of the team.”