It was just eleven minutes into the game on Grand National day when the form horse of the EPL threw the first punch into the side of the Burnley horse. what am i writing sef?? Horses dont fight na, do they??
Anyways, all it took for Arsenal to retain their 2nd spot on the table was a Ramsey roofer on 11 minutes, after an Ozil shot had been saved by the keeper, then Sanchez rebound blocked by the face of Michael Duff before Rambo finally roofed the ball at the third time of asking into the awaiting net.
What better way to celebrate your 150th game in an Arsenal shirt than to score the goal that eventually won the game for us. Ramsey’s ninth goal of the season made it 8 wins on the trot for the gunners, a feat lat achieved by the Invincibles team in 2004. [quote font=”trebuchet” bcolor=”#dd3333″ arrow=”yes” align=”left”]What better way to celebrate your 150th game in an Arsenal shirt[/quote]
Arsenal have won at Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester City and now Burnley, and picked up points at Liverpool and Everton, besides beating Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford. The only exception was a 3-2 defeat at Stoke and even then they nearly clawed back a 3-0 deficit.After 15 wins in 17 games, it was no surprise to Arsène Wenger name an unchanged line-up for this trip to a blustery Turf Moor.
Laurent Koscielny shrugged off a thigh problem to take his place alongside Per Mertesacker, but fellow centre back Gabriel missed out through illness. Wojciech Szczesny returned to the bench after a hip injury and Calum Chambers was also back in the squad.
There were two notable milestones aside from Ramsey’s. Cazorla completed a century of Premier League appearances and Olivier Giroud prepared for his 100th Arsenal start.
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The Gunners’ improving form against the top flight’s leading lights has been well-documented, but Burnley could say the same. Sean Dyche’s side had beaten Manchester City and drawn with Chelsea and Tottenham in recent times, and their home form was their trump card in the fight against relegation but then came The Arsenal to spoil the party.
To pip his old enemy Mourinho, Wenger knows his side must equal the winning run of his last legendary title-winning team, and then go beyond it.
‘We need a perfect run and we a need a non-perfect run from Chelsea. We can not master that, only our attitude.
‘We have won 15 of the last 17 games so we are consistent. We want to keep winning of course. It is a challenge for the team.’
Arsenal’s traditional soft-centre has hardened up too. Laurent Koscielny went crashing into Ashley Barnes when danger threatened though the Frenchman was relieved to see Ospina dive to his right to beat away Kieran Trippier’s free-kick.
If you say Ramsey was the man of the first half, then wait for the second half when ‘The COQ’ was unleashed.
If last weekend’s stellar victory over Liverpool owed much to the flair of Arsène Wenger’s team, this triumph was forged on defensive discipline.
How encouraging that Arsenal can call upon different qualities to keep on picking up points. Now for Wembley – and an FA Cup semi-final.
A couple more saves from Ospina, who we can all clearly say doesn’t seem to be doing anything wrong at the moment *I only imagine Wojie tryna injure Ospina in training* and some good defensive displays were enough to see out this game.
In the end, t’was 3 points in the bag, 2nd spot retained, 8 wins on the trot and looking onto the next one.
After next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley, The Gunners host Chelsea at The Emirates.
I am sooooooooo dying for us to get a win against Chelsea but then all roads lead to Wembley first. See you there I guess.