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Match Report: Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley

Arsenal (1) 3 Burnley (0) 1
Premier League
Emirates Stadium, Drayton Park, London N5 1BU
Saturday, 22nd December 2018. Kick-off time: 12.30pm
(4-2-3-1) Leno: Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolašinac; Elneny, Xhaka; Guendouzi, Özil, Aubameyang; Lacazette,
Substitutes: Čech, Lichtsteiner, Ramsey, Torreira, Iwobi, Nketiah, Saka
Scorers: Aubameyang, Iwobi
Yellow Cards: Sokratis, Guendouzi
Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 59,493
Burnley are one of those seemingly forgotten Lancashire clubs that have fallen from grace a while ago, but there was a time of course, when they were considered to be one of the top sides in the old First Division, and Turf Moor was always a tough place to go to try obtain a result. In fact, one of our most famous matches was played against them at The Old Place on Friday 1st May 1953 when our 3-2 victory not only saw us win our seventh League Championship in sixteen peace-time seasons over title rivals Preston North End, but we also did it by one of the closest margins of all time; under the old goal average system, we became champions by 0.009 of a goal – 1.516 against PNE’s 1.417! Ironically, Preston North End beat us by two clear goals the week before; had they beaten us by just one more goal, it would have been them, and not us who would have been champions. A very close run thing indeed.

This match was a physically tough affair with absolutely no quarter given nor taken, as today, we desperately needed a result here at The Emirates not only consign the last two results to the dustbin of history, but to give ourselves a massive confidence boost to get through the maelstrom of the often oh-so-difficult Christmas league programme. The first goal of the match came within the first quarter of an hour, with our captain of the day Mesut Özil, orchestrating proceedings in his first full start for us since early November. A slick pass incising the Burnley defence found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (viaSead Kolašinac), who wasted no time in introducing the match ball to the back of the The Clarets’ net by way of a well-taken volley. Being one-up so early in the game, this now gave everyone confidence to score more goals; despite some very wild physical tackles we assumed our dominance by half-time. The only bad issue to report from the business in the first half was an injury to Nacho Monreal, less than ten minutes before the break; he was replaced by the experienced Stephan Lichtsteiner, and in doing so, Mr. Emery changed the formation of the team, which changed the flow of the game.
Amazingly, this was the first occasion this season that we led at the break, and within minutes of the restart we reopened our account professionally and cleanly. After a bit of a mix-up in our defence, the ball found its way to Matteo Guendouzi, who in a blink of eye distributed it to Sead Kolašinac; looking up, he could see movement from our forwards, so he slotted it nicely to Alexandre Lacazette who delivered the opportunity to score on a plate to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He composed himself well, and made no mistake in putting Arsenal two up, despite the ball taking an unfortunate deflection past the Burnley goalkeeper. The visitors, to be fair, did not even blink an eyelid and came at Arsenal with vigour and agression. They grabbed a goal back just after the hour and for the rest of match, it was looking rather like Burnley would steal an equaliser at some point. It was indeed fortunate that Mr. Emery had already substituted Mohamed Elneny for Lucas Torreira as his dogged and determined style of play enabled us to neutralise the visitors’ threats. The coup de grâce came in the 91st minute when Alex Iwobi scored from close range to put the match beyound any reasonable doubt. Maybe the nasty undercurrent mood of the match spilled over at the end when it appeared that the two managers exchanged angry words with each other near the players’ tunnel, but it all appeared to be a Yuletide storm in a December teacup that disappeared into nothing.
Overall, we should be both pleased and relieved that this match is over; after the disappointment of the previous two games, we desperately needed to get back on track with a good win to keep up the with the top four Champions League places, and now that we have, the team can march on to the clash with Brighton on St. Stephen’s Day with renewed confidence. Of course, it all depends on results around us, but at this moment in time, Arsenal showed beyond doubt that skill and teamwork can overcome all issues. Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as these early days are going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


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Burnley caps off brilliant week for Arsenal

If Carlsberg did great weeks and all that…

It started the Saturday before last. An early kick off against that lot up the road. It was supposed to be a game where Spurs cement themselves as the premiere club in North London. Show that the power shift is real. That despite the lack of trophies, they are top dogs.

Arsenal played them off the park. Destroyed Spurs. And showed that North London is red. And the drink up in the afternoon and evening was incredible.

Roll on to Sunday, and whilst we were all nursing hangovers and what-not, the world of Arsenal Twitter was exploding with #TeaGate as journalists up and down the country who make a living by winding up fans for hits got wound up themselves. How did this happen? Arsenal posted a GIF of Mesut Ozil drinking a cup of tea.

The fall out was hilarious as journalists who make a career winding up Arsenal fans then denied that they had ever written an article intended to wind up.

It ended with a lot of journalists realising that they were not as popular as they thought.

On Wednesday morning, we all set off to cologne for what ended up an epic trip.

Despite Arsenal’s defeat, a great time was had by all. 3 days on the beer in cold, wet Germany. It was one of those where you only understand how great it was if you were there.

To prove that the result was secondary, despite Arsenal losing, we still managed to secure top spot in the group with a game to go.

In the Europa League, it is all about qualifying using as little energy as possible. Arsenal got through with two games to go and secured top place with a game to go, all whilst barely using a single first team player.

Over the years, the Europa League has proved a thorn in the side of many teams as they historically struggle at the weekend fixtures. Arsenal have won 3 of the 5 weekend fixtures, and drawn away to Chelsea. The sole defeat being against Manchester City.

I am still recovering now…

And then we move on to Saturday. Spurs drop points. Liverpool drop points. Chelsea drop points. Arsenal set to play Sunday with a chance to get above Liverpool and Spurs and a single point behind Chelsea.

A dull, turgid game up North. Cold and wet. We struggled. The game petering out to a draw, Aaron Ramsey gets pushed over in the penalty area. Penalty. Goal. 92nd minute.

Is there anything better in football than an injury time winner? What a great way to beat the horrible lot from up North.

It was the 3rd time in a row that we had beaten thuggish Burnley with a last minute winner.

October 2016, it was a 92nd minute Laurent Koscielny winner to break the hearts of Burnley fans. 3 months on, Alexis Sanchez hit a 98th minute penalty, having seen Burnley score their own debatable penalty to equalise in the 93rd minute.

And then we come to yesterday, another penalty from Sanchez, this time in the 92nd minute. How Burnley must hat injury time against The Arsenal.

Maybe if their players, big tough guys like Ashley Barnes, did not spend the game throwing themselves to the floor at every opportunity, feigning injury, then there would not be as much injury time?

To top it off, #twitterclarets on Twitter made it an entertaining end to a great week.

Seeing those Burnley fans cry their salty tears over losing to Arsenal once more in injury time was the cherry on the cake.

And to top it all off, we end the weekend above Spurs.


The Ludicrous Response to Arsene Wenger’s Push

promo309371172Arsene Wenger was a silly boy on Sunday. He made a mistake pushing referee Anthony Taylor in those tense closing minutes having been given his marching orders by Jon Moss. But the fall out in the media has been hilarious, with journalists far and wide calling for all sorts of punishments, from having to manage Sunday league football, through to a 10 game touchline ban.

Below are a collection of our favourites so far:

First up is Tony Evans in the Evening Standard. Now before I start, a little rant.

Why does the Evening Standard, a London based paper which reports on what is happening in London, employ a Scouser who supports Liverpool to give his view on the weekend’s game? The man is a scab who is still happy to get a pay day from News International when working on TalkSport.


Evans calls for Wenger to be hit with a 10-game ban. Now back in 2012, Alan Pardew shoved an assistant referee. I have looked through the archives of all the papers Evans has worked (and subsequently been let go) for and at no point did he write anything on Alan Pardew. Let alone call for a 10-game ban.

Pardew got a 2-game ban and a £20,000 fine. Surely a precedent set by the FA that they will have to stick with – anymore and Arsenal will win any sort of appeal. But Evans, like every other journalist, seems to be ignoring the Pardew incident.


Why is Evans so demanding, vocal, about Wenger, but was so silent about Pardew? Is it because he is still bitter about 1989 – like so many Liverpool journalists; or still upset Arsenal fans cheered when it was announced that trains back to Liverpool for Everton fans had been cancelled?

Most likely, he knows that a story about Pardew pushing a referee is not of public interest. A call for him to get a 10-game ban will not get the hits. Meanwhile he knows that by beating Wenger with the shitty-stick, the hits will role in.

The Times Chief Sports Writer, Matt Dickinson, suggests an alternative punishment. A community service order. He claims that Arsene Wenger should be forced to manage a Sunday League game for 10 games so that he can learn “a lesson in how hard it is”.

This is laughable.

Firstly Wenger knows how hard it is, he manages at the highest level of the game, where the stresses and strains are felt the most. If his side loses a game, he suffers abuse and questions about his future. He has to live football, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of course, he is rewarded handsomely for it.

Without wishing to demean a Sunday League manager, if they lose, they do not dwell on it, they head straight down the boozer and have a beer with their players. On Monday they go to work at their office job, or on a building site, and forget about football.

Managing in the Sunday league would be a cake walk for Wenger.

As for the demand that it is community service, lightly pushing an assistant in a moment of madness is not exactly up there with Eric Cantona karate kicking a fan.

Clearly Matt Dickinson is after some attention, realising that an outlandish, random suggestion of a punishment will get him that attention and build is profile. Afterall, it is an online profile that all journalists need now to become successful, it is no longer about the quality of their writing.

Maybe the next time a journalist is found to have written a fake story, or exaggerated the facts, they should be forced to go and write for a local free paper for 10-weeks. That way they can learn a lesson of how hard real journalism is.

Following in the footsteps of Tony Evans, we have James Olley, The Evening Standard’s Chief Football Correspondent.

Now some of you might not know this, but James Olley is an Arsenal fan. In his article in last nights Evening Standard, he claims that he has been informed by a source that Arsene Wenger called Jon Moss a “cheat”. I have a feeling he has made this up.

And why would an Arsenal fan in the media make something up that harms the club and its management? For clicks! We have it again, another journalist with a sensationalist view point, making things up, for hits and attention. To repeat, in the current world of journalism, it is all about how far your articles reach and how many hits they garner, rather than the quality and truthfulness of your story.

It is why we are seeing the rise of fake news. It is all about the advertising revenue, driven by how many people click your links. Better to have a poor journalist who gets hundreds of thousands of hits due to 10s of thousands of followers on Twitter, than a good journalist who has little online presence, but is a bloody good writer.

At no point does Olley indicate who his source is. It could be just a bloke in the crowd. It could be the magical leprechaun that sits on his shoulder, or maybe he went on a bit of a session with Tony Evans after the game, and between them they concocted the stories that they both created to ensure a big pay day for the Evening Standard. Well that is what my source told me anyway. Can’t reveal them though.

c23ofmnw8aaltf9Penultimately we come onto Keith Hackett.

Former Premier League referee. Former referees’ assessor. General manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board. A man who in 2009, had to apologise to Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman was sent off in a game against Manchester United by Mike Dean for that horrendous crime of kicking over a water bottle.

Hackett says that a 1 or 2 game ban for Wenger “will not cut it on this occasion”. Hackett is another one who said nothing about Alan Pardew’s incident in 2012. Why is it that he was silent then, but so noisy now?

He go’s on to say Wenger should receive a 6 game, full stadium ban, going against the precedent that the FA set with Alan Pardew.

In his article, it is interesting that Hackett writes a good few hundred words on Wenger’s behaviour and assault on Anthony Taylor, but does not at any point mention Sean Dyche’s 90 minute verbal assault on Taylor.

Whilst what Wenger did was wrong, and Hackett is right that it does send out the wrong message to the wider football world, what Dyche did was equally wrong. 90 minutes of shouting and screaming at the referee.

Why has Hackett decided to only put across what Wenger did, rather than do the fair thing and also mention that Dyche’s behaviour over 90 minutes was also despicable? Of course, its because Dyche is a nobody who manages a tiny club up North. An article calling for a ban for him due to verbally assaulting a referee for 90 minutes just won’t get the hits.

The less said about Deluded Duncan the better.


I imagine throughout today, other journalists will realise that a ludicrous article calling for all sorted of weird punishments for Arsene Wenger will get them hits. I imagine this is not the end of the matter.

Also if you want to read the response from some but hurt Burnley fans, have a look at our comments page from the morning blog.

And how they will all moan, write more articles, and complain, when the FA are forced to follow their own precedent and give Wenger just a 2 game ban.

Arsene Wenger should be given a  2-match ban, a fine, and a warning about his future behaviour. No more, no less. End of debate.