Sunday, October 02, 2016

Lucky Arsenal ?

Arsenal were their usual selves in possession - accurate,
quick, dominant - 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 so
organised were Burnley in defence, 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 threatened more with
Alexis 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.

Wenger admitted his team were jaded after three matches in
eight days.

"We lacked sharpness and our legs were heavy and that was a
game we could win 1-0 and also lose 1-0 on set-pieces," the
Frenchman said.

"I have not seen the winner but I have been told that we were
a little fortunate."

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