With the pack of Chelsea points chase falling all around you this weekend, a win – win – would have been welcomed by Arsenal, but a victory is, the theatrically-charged fashion sent the Emirates crowd into a rare frenzy.
Hustle and bustle, a run of the mill, it wasn’t.
A lot of the most fascinating drama has been condensed into seven minutes of stoppage time. Until then, Arsenal leading Burnley had to protect a narrow lead with 10 men after Granit Xhaka of dispatch. The mood reeled in a way, as Burnley gave a penalty by referee Jon Moss. Petr Cech, in contact with his hand, but not strong enough as Andre gray. Burnley players were overjoyed. Arsenal is felt fear. Arsène Wenger was sent from the dugout for taking his emotions to the fourth official
Exceptionally, the mood of the overtime reeled back in the final seconds, as Ben Mee is caught Laurent Koscielny in the face with a high foot.
A further penalty. Alexis Sánchez took the responsibility with a flourish, as he dinked the ball straight in the middle. At the end of all the Arsenal of the character showed up on some adversity and come out of it as the second in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s dominance in the opening period suggested that they were in the mood to rev up quickly and you get a quick start in the game. A flurry of chances Burnley goal threatened just before the quarter-hour mark. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez took the target with early headers. Tom Heaton was called into action to tip away a low curling Mesut Ozil shot. Alex Iwobi is distracted by roaring ride. Laurent Koscielny went straight at the keeper a visit.
But to stuff as soon as the moment is low-pass for the early goal, Burnley and started the holes. First bodies in the way, keep a more reslient Form, took the sting out of Arsenal in the forward movement. For all the glitz of Aaron Ramsey’s rabona cross, Olivier Giroud’ s, overhead or Mesut Özil nimble flick is trying to Burney kept diligently picking up the pieces.
What’s more, if the platform was set, they began to find a place to forge, a couple of counter-attacks, with the readiness of grey and Ashley Barnes, spring in front to keep Arsenal on their toes. To stop Cech parried each of them before you composed best was half the time, and Koscielny, with him Gray in his fast tracks after the Burnley striker to the bottom of Shkodran Mustafi charged to win possession and hared down the pitch. Just before half-time Cech bravely had to get to be the first in a race with gray to George Boyd ‘ teasing cross.
Özil and Sanchez, and the heart were still more chances for Arsenal. Ramsey tries a di rigueur scorpion kick, but addicted to the high. The Chilean hit a sweet intake that fizzed just over the bar shortly after half-time, as the search went on for a breakthrough.
Burnley’s resistance was broken from a set-piece, as Mustafi expertly Özil corner directed to the inside netting of the posts. It is a fine head, the German was the first goal for the club since signing last summer from Valencia.
Granit Xhaka is shown a red card by referee Jon Moss. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
A relatively comfortable situation, suddenly embarrassed, when Granit Xhaka was sent off in the 64. minute for a clumsy attack on Steven Defour.
Have lost the ball, the Swiss midfielder tries to win back, but the challenge was too late, and with the feet from the ground. Xhaka will be banned for four games, which have already been sent off this season (by the same referee, by the way) against Swansea in October.
Burnley stepped up a gear. Defour tested Cech with a free kick. Marney increases the temperature with a sharp pair of scissors challenge to stop Özil on the break. Sanchez was back in his own box, the emergency-free. On came Joey Barton and Sam Vokes, to try to get the screw.
Arsenal found peace and tranquility and Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck, the killer threatened a second just before the end of the regular season. To cope with seven minutes of injury time had, with Burnley hoiking great balls into the box, where they could. This resulted in the first of the late penalties as Coquelin hacked to Barnes.
The Burnley attacker thought he had delivered the coup de grace, but it was Sanchez that delivered the final crushing.