Arsenal 2-1 Burnley – BBC Sport

    arsenal kept up hopes of winning the fa cup for the third successive season as alexis sanchez’s goal took them past burnley and into the fifth round.

    Championship side Burnley struck back when Sam Vokes headed in a Tendayi Darikwa cross and an Alex Iwobi interception denied Andre Gray after halftime.

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    Sanchez, making his first start since November, finished coolly to win it.

    The chilean international, who has only made one substitute appearance since suffering a hamstring injury in november, was spirited throughout and converted an alex oxlade-chamberlain cross after darikwa was dispossessed at midfield.

    There is no doubt that the champions deserved a place in Sunday’s draw as they enjoyed most of the possession and chances, although Burnley created a nervy finish.

    the impressive gray saw the goal late but was unable to get significant power into his shot and as the visitors threw bodies forward, substitute theo walcott missed a glorious opportunity to add a third at half-time by failing to get past tom heaton .

    history calls the gunners

    Arsenal goal

    Alexis Sanchez (17) was involved early in the move whish saw him score a smart winner

    Arsenal’s match programme featured the FA Cup trophy on the front cover along with the words “To have and to hold”.

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    they come a step closer to emulating the 1886 blackburn rovers side by winning a third successive fa cup, although this was far from classic.

    made nine changes to the team beaten by chelsea last weekend but still fired 23 shots at burnley’s goal as arsene wenger maintained his record of losing just once to lower league opposition in 41 draws the fa cup.

    Strong appearances from the likes of chambers and iwobi show he has a team capable of maintaining a challenge in this competition, but moments of anxiety, particularly with the ball in the air in his box, will continue to cause some concern.

    a solid debut

    Mohamed Elneny

    Mohamed Elneny touched the ball 100 times but only five of those were in the penalty areas

    Mohamed Elneny saw more of the ball than any other player – with 100 touches – on his first outing since joining for £5m from Basel earlier this month.

    his completion of 96% of his passes was impressive, but as a deep midfielder, he often found himself with a lot of time on the ball, which means there will be tougher tests to come.

    “I felt he started out a bit cautious, played a bit safe,” wenger said of elneny. “He became more adventurous. It will take some time for him to adjust to the power side of our game here, but the intelligence, mobility and technical level are good.”

    while elneny was firm between the penalty areas, sánchez was essential inside the area.

    He didn’t miss a beat to close out his goal, he created the first goal for the quarters and he was animated throughout. His return could be crucial in the face of a key February in which Arsenal plays leaders such as Leicester, Barcelona and Manchester United.

    clarets rising?

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    Like an arsenal, Burnley is ranked third in their respective table and their offer in the emirates proves they have the guts to win promotion to the top tier the first time they are asked.

    gray missed an early one-on-one chance and looked ready to make his side 2-1 after the restart, but iwobi’s last intervention.

    his manager, sean dyche, was audacious in making just two changes with a league match at sheffield wednesday for tuesday.

    but the clarets seemed cohesive and more finishes than the quality votes displayed could have raised tough questions for the premier league team.

    They certainly seem able to keep up the pace at the second level.

    man of the match – alexis sanchez

    Arsenal celebrate with Alexis Sanchez mobbed

    Alexis Sanchez showed some rusty touches but still scored a goal and made one

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “Burnley are a good side. For the first 20 minutes we looked quite in control but when they equalised suddenly you could see, energy, commitment, and we had to dig deep to win the game. Every free-kick you worry because Sam Vokes is very strong in the air and he scored their goal – they are strong on set pieces and we needed to be alert.”

    sean dyche, burnley manager: “this year was a closer affair and we had some good chances. i’m very pleased with the growth my players have shown that year but we didn’t have enough and Ultimately, the disappointment is that we didn’t get through.”

    stats you need to know

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger managed another landmark as Arsenal manager
    • Arsene Wenger took charge of his 1100th competitive game as Arsenal manager
    • Alexis Sanchez has been involved in 15 goals in his last 14 games for Arsenal in all competitions (10 goals, 5 assists)


    arsenal host southampton on tuesday where they could climb to the top of the premier league, and burnley travel to sheffield on wednesday the same night they try to close a four point gap from the places of automatic ascent.

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