EPL 2016/17: Burnley 0-1 Arsenal - 5 talking points
In a far from entertaining football game, the Gunners huffed and puffed but could find no way past an extremely resolute Burnley defence until the 93rd minute.
Both sides started the game poorly and a number of sloppy passes and poor runs meant that the teams went in level at half-time. Although the Gunners pushed for a goal in the second half, the closest they came was when Alexis Sanchez struck a spectacular volley onto the post.
Michael Keane had a chance to win the game for the Clarets but he too hit the post. Finally, it was Koscielny’s controversial winner that separated the two sides.
Here are 5 talking points from the game for what it’s worth:
#5 Arsenal finally has what it takes to be champions
Arsene Wenger’s men have long been accused of failing to win games that they dominated. This season, however, they have won games that they had no right doing so. Firstly, they squeezed past Southampton thanks to a late penalty from Santi Cazorla after being outplayed for most of the match.
Last night, they again managed to secure all 3 points courtesy a controversial Laurent Koscielny header in the last seconds of the game.
Although the performance must have disappointed Wenger, he will be delighted with the fact that they can eke out all three points even when not at their best.
Teams like Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, have ground out 1-0 wins despite being outplayed by oppositions. Now finally, Arsenal have learnt how to do that as well and, it is this, more than anything else, that could help them ultimately clinch the Premier League crown.