Sunday, 22 January 2017

Arsenal beat Burnley after Alexis Sanchez scores a penalty in the 97th minute

Arsenal’s Premier League title bid was saved in thrilling fashion as Alexis Sanchez scored the second of two stoppage time-penalties in a 2-1 win over Burnley.

Shkodran Mustafi’s first Arsenal goal seemed to have broken Burnley’s formidable resistance, but a red card for Granit Xhaka six minutes later was the start of a potentially disastrous collapse.

In the second of seven minutes of added time Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes inside the box, with Gray converting from the spot as Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands for his remonstrations to fourth official Anthony Taylor.

It seemed to have cast a critical blow to Arsenal’s prospects of catching Chelsea, but five minutes later Laurent Koscielny was kicked by Ben Mee in the area and Sanchez chipped his spot-kick down the middle to secure three points on a weekend where Wenger could afford nothing less.

After Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all conspired to drop points on Saturday the opportunity was there for Arsenal to emerge as Chelsea’s closest rivals; they could cut the gap on Antonio Conte’s league leaders to five points with a win against a Burnley side who had claimed just a single point of their 25 away from Turf Moor this season.

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