Arsene Wenbger named an unchanged Arsenal side from the one that won away at Sunderland last weekend, hoping to finally get some momentum going in the Premier League this season. And the injury to Jack Wilshere meant that the Englishman could not return after missing the last game due to a suspension.
And the Gunners started pretty well, building pressure on the Burnley defence and creating chances, with 70 percent possession, seven corners and 13 shots in the first half, but without managing to breach their back line. Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez looked the liveliest and most likely, with the Englishman very unlucky to see his mazy run and shot blocked by the arm of a Burnley player.
They also got away with a decent penalty shout when Boyd handled but the ref did not see it. Cazorla had a couple of great chances to score and the Spaniard was getting closer, as was Alexis and with Burnley offering little threat going the other way, we turned the screw before the break but could not quite find that crucial opening.
But getting to the break all square seemed to encourage Burnley who were more adventurous in the second half and nearly got the opener but for the long legs and alertness of Mertesacker. However, the lion’s share of chances were coming our way.
Ramsey replaced Arteta and Cazorla had a golden chance to score but his point blank effort was somehow blocked. Then it was that man Alexis again who broke the deadlock, heading in from a Chambers cross. And Chambers then got his own goal minutes later after Welbeck’s shot rebounded for the youngster to prod home.
Walcott and Podolski came on for the last ten minutes and both could have added a third but great saves from Heaton denied each one while the German crashed a brilliant volley off the woodwork. But Alexis did add a well deserved third that keeps us on a roll.