Saturday March 6, 2010 Day 29 Finished Emirates Stadium

Arsenal 3 - 1 Burnley

  • Fábregas 34’
  • Walcott 60’
  • Arshavin 90’
  • Nugent 50’

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  1. Walcott inspires Arsenal to win

    Walcott inspires Arsenal to win

    Second-half strikes from Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin helped Arsenal to a 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Arsenal
    • Burnley
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsenal move level with Chelsea on 61 points with a 3-1 victory over Burnley thanks to Fabregas, Walcott and Arshavin! Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' GOAL!!! ARSHAVIN CLINCHES VICTORY FOR ARSENAL! The Russian skips inside and drills a low shot to beat Jensen at his near post! Arsenal have finally put this game beyond doubt!
    • 90+1' Diaby and Arshavin keep the ball patiently in the Burnley half, and a free-kick taken short signals the hosts' intentions.
    • 90' Two minutes will be added at the end of this second half, and Burnley are desperate for a final chance.
    • 89' Nasri drops deep to link the play before Eboue wastes a forward position with a very deep cross.
    • 88' Arsenal stroke the ball around at the back with Burnley pressing high up the field.
    • 87' Arsenal are full of urgency as they pile forward, but Burnley continue to defend stoutly.
    • 86' Walcott draws a fine stop from Jensen at the near post with a snap-shot from the edge of the box - a great attempt!
    • 85' Nasri trots over to take a corner as Arsenal press forward in search of a third with Burnley poised to break at every opportunity.
    • 84' Arshavin lifts his shot over the bar as Jensen puts pressure on the Russian, who collects the ball on the edge of the penalty area!
    • 83' Almunia does not deal with a high ball from Fox as Thompson lifts the rebound over the bar - a decent chance!
    • 82' Clichy hammers a long ball upfield to Eduardo, but the Brazilian cannot keep it with Carlisle intervening.
    • 81' Arshavin is showing glimpses of his ability for Arsenal, but the tension continues to loom around the Emirates with a single-goal cushion.
    • 79' What a chance for Eduardo! Nasri skips down the right and drifts over a perfect delivery, but Eduardo cannot get a full contact with his sliding effort and the chance is missed!
    • 77' Arsenal are enjoying 63 per cent of the possession in this second half, but Burnley break once more through Eagles.
    • 75' Mears gets down the right but sees his run ended abruptly by Clichy as Arsenal know their lead is only slender.
    • 74' Wenger looks on in concerned fashion as his side continue to chase a third goal in this second half.
    • 73' Bendtner is finally withdrawn to a surprisingly good reception as Eduardo comes on to replace the forward who smiles ruefully. Paterson is also taken off as Thompson comes on.
    • 71' Elliott challenges with Eboue, and this game is incredibly open now as both teams pile forward.
    • 69' Cork challenges with Denilson on halfway, and Burnley are continuing to fight for everything.
    • 67' Arsenal break once more from deep, and Nasri charges down the right before whipping over a cross which does not reach Bendtner on this occasion.
    • 66' Andre Bikey comes on to replace Graham Alexander, and the Burnley skipper makes way for some fresh legs.
    • 65' OH MY DAYS! Bendtner's finishing is simply atrocious as he slides a simple finish wide of the far post after that man Walcott gets to the byline and cuts back yet another pinpoint cross - what can you do?!
    • 63' Arshavin volleys over the bar as Walcott cuts a fine cross back into the box - that was a great chance for the Russian!
    • 61' Andrei Arshavin comes on to replace Tomas Rosicky, and the home fans are in full voice once more.
    • 60' GOAL!!!! WHAT A FINISH BY WALCOTT! The winger gives up on crossing to Bendtner and cuts inside at pace before drilling a left-footed shot beyond Jensen into the far corner - a classic finish!
    • 59' Bendtner finds Walcott outwide, and Arsenal break once more at pace in an attempt to shock Burnley.
    • 57' Walcott powers through on goal and drives a low shot on target, but Jensen parries the ball wide superbly!
    • 55' Arsenal attack relentlessly as Burnley are pegged firmly back in their half, as Nasri drives a low shot straight at Jensen.
    • 53' Wade Elliott replaces Kevin McDonald in the Burnley midfield, as Brian Laws makes his first change.
    • 52' Nasri combines with Bendtner in the Burnley half, and Eagles wins a free kick.
    • 51' Bendtner receives the ball from Walcott inside the Burnley box, but Cort blocks his shot on the line - Arsenal are under pressure all of a sudden!
    • 50' GOAL!!!! NUGENT LEVELS WITH A PRECISE FINISH! Burnley hit Arsenal on the break and Nugent meets Alexander's through ball with a lobbed finish past Almunia with Vermaelen and Silvestre nowhere to be seen!
    • 49' Bendtner misses an absolute sitter! The Dane steals in to meet Walcott's cross from the byline, and he volleys wildly over the bar with time, space, and a pretty open goal to aim at!
    • 47' Bendtner misses a free header from close range after Theo Walcott delivers another pinpoint cross from the right - how many more chances does he need?!
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal kick us off looking to build on their 1-0 lead!
    • 45+2' Arsenal keep the ball mesmerically in the Burnley half, but the half-time whistle brings their possession to an abrupt end. Cesc Fabregas's 34th minute strike separates the sides as the hosts lead 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium!
    • 45+1' Nugent is furious as a goal kick is awarded after Vermaelen gets the final touch in a scrap for the ball at the byline.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added on at the end of this first half as Mears challenges with Clichy in the Arsenal half.
    • 44' Rosicky loses the ball to Eagles, and it is suddenly very scrappy in midfield once more.
    • 43' Diaby scraps for the ball in the Burnley half, and the midfielder has looked bright since coming on.
    • 42' Mears gets down the right for Burnley, but he is marshalled well by Diaby, who brings the ball forward.
    • 41' Nasri jinks inside superbly, but his shot is tame and straight at Jensen from the edge of the Burnley box.
    • 40' Arsenal have enjoyed 63 per cent of the possession in this first half, and could be at least 3-0 up by now if Bendtner was more clinical.
    • 39' Fox challenges with Walcott once more, and there is a lot of bad blood between the pair as they argue fiercely once more.
    • 38' Fabregas is withdrawn by Wenger with the midweek clash in mind no doubt! Abou Diaby is introduced as an early replacement.
    • 37' Walcott is challenged robustly by Fox, and the winger reacts petulantly with a push to the defender's chest - Chris Foy hastily intervenes.
    • 36' Fabregas is moving rather gingerly on halfway and he continues to communicate with the Arsenal bench.
    • 35' What a chance for Bendtner! Somehow the Dane manages to fall over the ball as Walcott cuts it back to the forward from the byline, and that was a poor miss!
    • 34' GOAL!!!! FABREGAS OPENS THE SCORING FOR THE HOSTS! Nasri slides a perfectly-weighted delivery through to his skipper, who keeps his composure superbly to slip his shot under the diving Jensen!
    • 33' Eboue forces his way down the right and drills over a pinpoint delivery but Bendtner somehow contrives to plant his shot staight at Jensen!
    • 32' Jensen thumps a long ball up to Paterson, and his shot is saved comfortably by Almunia, who doesn't have to move.
    • 31' After a slight delay as Nasri hobbles off to the touchline, Arsenal get the play back underway through Walcott down the right.
    • 29' Jensen roars into the back of Nasri while claiming a loose ball inside the box, who goes down clutching his back and knee - that looks very painful indeed!
    • 28' Abou Diaby is warming up vigorously on the touchline as Fabregas's movement appears slightly limited all of a sudden.
    • 27' McDonald is rightly booked for a cynical tug on Rosicky's shirt with the midfielder storming forward at pace from halfway.
    • 26' The Spaniard's dinked delivery is drifted in towards Walcott, who feels he was clattered by Mears as he goes down in the box to no avail.
    • 25' Rosicky wins a free-kick 30 yards out at the expense of Paterson, and surely this will be whipped in by Fabregas?
    • 24' Fox hammers a wild free-kick over the bar from range, and the left-back cannot be faulted for his ambition, but perhaps his execution.
    • 23' Danny Fox attempts an optimistic shot from 35 yards, but it has the power to force Almunia to cling on at the second attempt.
    • 22' Vermaelen and Eboue both contrive to give the ball away for Arsenal, and the crowd are not too impressed.
    • 21' Alexander and Nugent combine in the Arsenal half, but Nasri wins the ball back before misplacing a pass to Rosicky - it's very scrappy all of a sudden.
    • 20' Jensen is quickly off his line to collect a through ball from Nasri, and Burnley are defending stoutly thus far.
    • 19' Almunia throws the ball out swiftly to Clichy, before Mears fouls Rosicky and Arsenal will have a dangerous free-kick.
    • 18' Eagles is full of running as he loses the ball to Clichy but wins it back with some committed harrying back on halfway.
    • 17' Denilson and Fabregas both attempt through balls to Bendtner, but both are blocked as Burnley hold their shape.
    • 16' Walcott gets down the right but cannot quite keep Clichy's raking long ball in play as it drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 15' Burnley build slowly from inside their half with Eagles and Alexander combining before Denilson intervenes.
    • 14' Bendtner has his cross-shot blocked from the edge of the penalty area, then Fabregas plays a neat one-two with Eboue but slides his shot narrowly wide of the far post from a tight angle!
    • 13' Fabregas battles hard to harry the Burnley back four and help Bendtner in his duties.
    • 12' Fox makes a fine block at the byline to deny Rosicky as the midfielder looks to pepper the Burnley penalty area.
    • 11' Vermaelen makes room down the right for Eboue, but the build up is slow from the hosts on this occasion.
    • 10' Paterson whips over a testing cross, but there is no one inside the box to meet it as Almunia clings on to the catch.
    • 9' Eboue releases Walcott, who cuts the ball back from the byline but sees his cross to Fabregas intercepted superbly by McDonald, rushing back from midfield!
    • 8' Carlisle is swiftly across to make the tackle after Walcott bustles his way down the right and looks to cross.
    • 7' Carlisle rises to beat Silvestre to a header from McDonald's corner, but it is straight at Almunia - a decent chance for the defender!
    • 6' Mears gets down the right and whips over a cross, but Vermaelen intervenes superbly.
    • 5' Walcott scampers down the right at pace before Fabregas drifts over a cross which is claimed by Jensen comfortably.
    • 4' Fabregas drives forward and slips an incisive ball through to Bendtner, but the Dane dallies and Paterson makes a fine challenge before Jensen saves the ensuing shot with his legs! Bendtner really should have scored!
    • 3' Nasri and Clichy combine down the left before Carlisle steals in to deny Fabregas inside the Burnley box following Rosicky's through ball - almost a glorious opening!
    • 2' Manuel Almunia distributes the ball out to Eboue at right-back, who confines Sagna to the bench today, as Arsenal build patiently from the back.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Emirates, and Burnley kick us off in their white and blue away strip.
    • - The sun is shining in North London, and the Arsenal players are wearing 'Get well soon, Aaron' t-shirts, with a huge flag bearing the Welshman's name is spread out in support of the midfielder.
    • - Mushroomtung thinks Burnley will win 1-0, while Thiambi predicts that Arsenal will win 4-0 with goals from Fabregas, Vermaelen, Arshavin and Bendtner! Hafijaz reckons that it will be 3-0 with a brace from the Russian. What do you think? Post your shouts below!
    • - The teams are in at the Emirates! Chris Foy will referee the match. Eduardo, who has started and scored in both of Arsenal's previous two matches against Burnley, confined to the bench.
    • - Arsenal: Almunia, Eboue, Silvestre, Vermaelen, Clichy, Walcott, Rosicky, Denilson, Fabregas, Nasri, Bendtner. Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Sagna, Eduardo, Arshavin, Traore, Eastmond
    • - Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Fox, Paterson, Alexander, McDonald, Cork, Eagles, Nugent. Subs: Weaver, Duff, Elliott, Blake, Bikey, Jordan, Thompson
    • - It's time for some match facts ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium!
    • - Burnley were the last team to avoid defeat after falling behind against the Gunners when they drew 1-1 at Turf Moor in December. Arsenal have only drawn one of their last 19 Premier League matches at the Emirates.
    • - Burnley have the worst away record in Premier League history after 14 matches with just one point on the road from a possible 42. Burnley have conceded more goals (43) after 14 away matches than any other team in the Premier League era. The Clarets have conceded at least two goals in 13 of their 14 Premier League away matches.
    • - The Gunners have won 17 and lost just one of their 22 league matches against teams outside of the current top five, accounting for 55 of their total of 58 points.
    • - Arsenal have scored at least once in the last 20 minutes in each of their last eight league games at the Emirates. Cesc Fabregas has 13 assists to his name, more than any other player in the Premier League.
    • - Burnley have taken more points (five) off the top five teams than they have from the teams in the bottom six of the table (four). The Clarets have also taken more points (four) off the rest of the current top five than Arsenal (three).
    • - Burnley are four points better off than bottom-placed Portsmouth, but lie in 19th spot with defeats in their last three matches, against Pompey, Aston Villa and Fulham.
    • - The Gunners are currently three points off Chelsea in third spot, and their goal-difference is four adrift of the Blues, something they will look to address today against Brian Laws's struggling Clarets.
    • - Arsenal can go top of the table if they beat Burnley by four goals or more at the Emirates Stadium.
    • - Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium with Arsene Wenger's side looking to draw level with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
  • Summary

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Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Almunia
      • E. Eboué
      • T. Vermaelen
      • M. Silvestre
      • G. Clichy
      • Denílson
      • T. Rosický Substitution Out (61′)
      • C. Fábregas Goal Substitution Out (39′)
      • T. Walcott Goal
      • S. Nasri
      • N. Bendtner Substitution Out (74′)


      • A. Arshavin Substitution In61′ Goal
      • L. Fabianski
      • A. Traoré
      • E. da Silva Substitution In74′
      • B. Sagna
      • A. Diaby Substitution In39′
      • C. Eastmond
    • Starting line-up

      • B. Jensen
      • T. Mears
      • L. Cort
      • C. Carlisle Yellow Card
      • D. Fox
      • G. Alexander Substitution Out (65′)
      • J. Cork
      • K. McDonald Yellow Card Substitution Out (53′)
      • M. Paterson Yellow Card Substitution Out (74′)
      • C. Eagles
      • D. Nugent Goal


      • R. Blake
      • N. Weaver
      • S. Thompson Substitution In74′
      • S. Jordan
      • A. Bikey Substitution In65′
      • W. Elliott Substitution In53′ Yellow Card
      • M. Duff
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