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Published: 18:21 | 2/10/16

Late Koscielny goal hands Gunners win


A stoppage-time winner from Laurent Koscielny was enough to hand Arsenal a slender 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

It has been almost 20 years to the day since Arsène Wenger took over at Arsenal and a dramatic stoppage time winner from Koscielny marked the momentous landmark when he managed to bundle the ball over the line in the 92nd minute.

A combination of carelessness and a defiant defensive performance from the Clarets nearly cost the North-London side the victory, in what was a blunt performance from the Gunners.

The hosts knew they would have to sit and absorb much of Arsenal’s pressure throughout the game, with limited chances in the attacking third and they would have felt robbed in a game where their performance warranted at least a point.

The away side started the brighter of the two sides and the North London outfit were unfortunate not to open the scoring in the 4th minute when Alexis Sanchez’s deflected shot off Theo Walcott sailed inches past the post.

Burnley were inviting pressure on, and Walcott - who has scored in three consecutive games for the first time since May 2013 before the game, should have done better when his 17-yard strike stuttered just wide.

Sean Dyche’s men scored two headers when they defeated Watford last week, and they should have registered another in the 37th minute when Matthew Lowton crossed to the un-marked Sam Vokes who could not direct his effort on target in what was the best chance of the half.

Sanchez should have at least hit the target in the 73rd minute when his volley whistled just wide of the Tom Heaton's post.

Despite spending the majority of the game camped out in their own half, the home team were centimetres from talking the lead in the 75th minute when Michael Keane’s header was pushed onto the crossbar by Petr Cech.

Burnley will look to bounce back when they travel to high-flying Southampton on the 17th of October while the Gunners host struggling Swansea on the 15th of October.

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