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Arsenal   3 - 1   Burnley

By Ian Hughes

Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri
Fabregas and Nasri celebrate Arsenal's first goal

Arsenal drew level on points with second-placed Chelsea after making hard work of beating Burnley.

Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring when he slotted in from close range but soon afterwards he was forced off injured.

Burnley equalised when David Nugent latched on to Leon Cort's header and looped the ball over Manuel Almunia.

Theo Walcott curled in a sublime shot to ease the embarrassment of Nicklas Bendtner's awful finishing before Andrey Arshavin rifled in a third.

Denmark international Bendtner, who scored for his country in midweek, is in the running for miss of the season with at least three of his fluffed efforts on goal.

Fortunately for Arsenal, the impressive Walcott was able to supply the cutting edge to his game that has often been lacking to keep the Gunners' title ambitions on track.

Arsenal will fight for title - Wenger

The result takes Arsenal to within two points of leaders Manchester United, who won at Wolves 1-0 later on Saturday.

The Gunners are level on points with Chelsea but have an inferior goal difference and have played one game more than both their title rivals.

And while Arsenal's victory keeps the title race wide open, it also served to leave Burnley deep in relegation trouble.

Brian Laws' side have now won only one of their last 17 league games - and it is hard to see how they will turn things around after another performance lacking guile and belief.

In contrast, there was mental toughness in evidence from the hosts, who were determined to show that the horrific broken leg suffered by Aaron Ramsey against Stoke last weekend would not derail their season.

There was one flashpoint when Walcott reacted angrily to a challenge by Daniel Fox - which showed that memories of Ramsey's injury are still fresh.

But that aside, Arsenal did not look shaken and vulnerable in the way they did after Eduardo suffered a similar injury two years ago.

606: DEBATE
Captain Fabtastic

They did, however, offer Burnley a glimmer of hope when they conceded a poor goal after Emmanuel Eboue's clearance was headed back by Cort and Nugent split the defence to finish smartly.

That goal, against the run of play, restored parity after Fabregas had struck first, steering the ball between Brian Jensen's legs after Samir Nasri's exquisite chip had played him in.

Arsenal will be concerned that Fabregas was unable to continue for long and was replaced by Abou Diaby.

However, even without their talisman, the hosts should have romped to victory given the chances they created.

That they did not was largely down to awful finishing from Bendtner, who headed wide from eight yards, sidefooted wide from the same distance and screwed another good chance off target in the three worst examples from a woeful catalogue of misses.

Jensen also did brilliantly to deny Walcott and Arshavin more than once, while Tomas Rosicky fired over and substitute Eduardo also turned a cross wide.

Hard-working Burnley please Laws

However, Burnley were not without their chances, and they had a good opportunity to bring things back to 2-2 when Almunia failed to deal with a corner but Steven Thompson could only smash over.

Instead, substitute Arshavin finally finished off one of Arsenal's chances when he cut inside from the flank and drove the ball into the bottom corner.

But the stories of the match were Burnley's vulnerability in defence - they have only once on their travels in the league this season conceded fewer than two goals - and Bendtner's nightmare.

Arsenal, though, will be delighted with the form of Walcott who looked sharp and creative.

For Burnley, their top-flight status could be slipping away as they remain next to bottom.


Burnley boss Brian Laws:
"I thought in the first half we sat a bit too deep I the first half and we conceded the goal but I thought we responded well in the second half.

"We lived a bit of a charmed life and the had a few chances but we stayed in the game as long as we could.

"But there are positives to take away from the game, we worked ever so hard and we competed well."

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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Fabregas 34
  • Walcott 60
  • Arshavin 90+4
  • Nugent 50

Arsenal

Substitutes

Burnley

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 60,043
ARSENAL
BURNLEY

Possession

  • Arsenal 64%
  • Burnley 36%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 11
  • Burnley 5

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 9
  • Burnley 3

Corners

  • Arsenal 8
  • Burnley 2

Fouls

  • Arsenal 5
  • Burnley 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:31 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:49 Assist by Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 90:00+3:49 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 3 - 1 Burnley Goal scored by Andrey Arshavin from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Burnley.
  • 90:00+3:24 Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 90:00+2:23 Tyrone Mears concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from left wing, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:51 David Nugent challenges Mikael Silvestre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:23 Andrey Arshavin decides to take a short corner.
  • 89:58 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Tyrone Mears.
  • 86:59 Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin played to the near post, clearance made by Leon Cort.
  • 86:50 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 85:17 Shot by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 84:10 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, Shot from deep inside the area by Steven Thompson clears the crossbar.
  • 83:28 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in.
  • 81:16 The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 77:22 Leon Cort takes a shot. Comfortable save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 76:05 Foul by Gael Clichy on Tyrone Mears, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 72:51 Substitution Da Silva Eduardo comes on in place of Nicklas Bendtner.
  • 72:51 Substitution Steven Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Martin Paterson.
  • 71:14 Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 71:14 Booking Wade Elliott goes into the referee's book.
  • 70:46 Foul by Wade Elliott on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded.
  • 70:02 The referee gives a free kick against Vassiriki Diaby for handball. Daniel Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 68:01 Free kick crossed right-footed by Samir Nasri from left channel, clearance by Leon Cort.
  • 68:01 Booking Booking for Clarke Carlisle for unsporting behaviour.
  • 67:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarke Carlisle on Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 67:32 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 66:16 Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Clarke Carlisle results in a free kick. Andrey Arshavin takes the free kick.
  • 64:41 Substitution Andre Bikey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Alexander.
  • 64:11 The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 63:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Neves Denilson on Martin Paterson. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:10 Andrey Arshavin produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 60:33 Substitution Andrey Arshavin is brought on as a substitute for Tomas Rosicky.
  • 59:27 Nicklas Bendtner provided the assist for the goal.
  • 59:27 GOAL - Theo WalcottArsenal 2 - 1 Burnley Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Burnley.
  • 56:45 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen. Corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line, comfortable save by Brian Jensen.
  • Correction - 56:15 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Tyrone Mears.
  • 56:15 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line to the near post, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:30 Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Graham Alexander results in a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:00 Effort on goal by Wade Elliott from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 54:16 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
  • 52:47 Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
  • 52:47 Substitution Wade Elliott replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 52:47 The referee blows for offside.
  • 51:19 Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Blocked by Clarke Carlisle.
  • Correction - 49:49 Assist by Leon Cort.
  • 49:49 Assist on the goal came from Leon Cort.
  • 49:49 GOAL - David NugentArsenal 1 - 1 Burnley A goal is scored by David Nugent from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Burnley.
  • 48:55 Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from just inside the area clears the bar.
  • 47:52 Close range strike by Nicklas Bendtner goes over the bar.
  • 47:04 Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
  • 47:04 Booking Martin Paterson receives a caution.
  • 46:49 Martin Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 46:37 Neves Denilson fouled by Jack Cork, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neves Denilson.
  • 45:50 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:22 The first half comes to an end.
  • 43:43 Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on David Nugent, free kick awarded. Graham Alexander takes the direct free kick.
  • 42:57 The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy.
  • 40:56 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 38:08 Substitution Francesc Fabregas goes off and Vassiriki Diaby comes on.
  • 35:29 Martin Paterson delivers the ball, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 34:28 The ball is swung over by Emmanuel Eboue, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Nicklas Bendtner goes wide left of the target.
  • 33:10 Assist on the goal came from Samir Nasri.
  • 33:10 GOAL - Francesc FabregasArsenal 1 - 0 Burnley Francesc Fabregas finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Burnley.
  • 32:37 Emmanuel Eboue crosses the ball, save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 32:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by David Nugent. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:43 Martin Paterson takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 30:59 Emmanuel Eboue gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
  • 26:30 Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
  • 26:30 Booking Kevin McDonald receives a yellow card.
  • 26:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McDonald on Tomas Rosicky.
  • 25:37 David Nugent is caught offside. Emmanuel Eboue takes the indirect free kick.
  • 24:41 Martin Paterson challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from right channel, save by Brian Jensen.
  • 22:40 Mikael Silvestre challenges Martin Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 21:57 Drilled left-footed shot by Daniel Fox. Comfortable save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 19:27 Tomas Rosicky fouled by Tyrone Mears, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel, save made by Brian Jensen.
  • 17:59 Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
  • 14:46 Samir Nasri is adjudged to have handled the ball. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:01 Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 10:56 Outswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
  • 9:12 The referee blows for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:02 Martin Paterson crosses the ball, Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.
  • 6:41 Theo Walcott crosses the ball, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
  • 5:44 Corner taken by Daniel Fox, Clarke Carlisle takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 3:26 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Francesc Fabregas. Effort from the edge of the area by Tomas Rosicky goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 2:05 The official flags Nicklas Bendtner offside. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League results

6 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 29 43 63
2 Chelsea 28 39 61
3 Arsenal 29 37 61
4 Tottenham 28 23 49
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 28 17 48
7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
8 Birmingham 27 -2 40
9 Fulham 28 3 38
10 Everton 27 0 38
11 Stoke 27 -5 34
12 Blackburn 28 -15 34
13 Bolton 28 -18 29
14 West Ham 28 -9 27
15 Sunderland 27 -12 27
16 Wigan 27 -27 25
17 Wolves 28 -25 24
18 Hull 27 -29 24
19 Burnley 28 -31 23
20 Portsmouth 27 -22 19

see also
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