Arsene Wenger’s side were up against Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, as the two teams looked to qualify for the next round of the competition. The Gunners were the reigning champions for a couple of years now and were expected to win, as they faced off against the Championship side at the Emirates. The French manager would have expected his side to secure yet another win in the tournament, after the loss to Chelsea last weekend in the Premier League.
The hosts started the game more aggressively, as they looked to create several chances to score. The visitors too had a good chance to take the lead, though David Ospina kept Gray’s one on one shot effort out. Right back Calum Chambers surprisingly gave Arsenal the lead in the 19th minute, as he finished off a superb goal with a smartly taken shot. Arsenal did not hold on to the lead, as Vokes equalized for the away side on the 30th minute to make it 1-1 and the game was starting to get intense as both sides went into the break.
The game restarted after the interval with former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez giving his side the lead in the 53rd minute The two teams tried to add more goals, though unfortunately the scoring opportunities could not be finished off and the game eventually ended 2-1, with the north London side marching on with their title defence.
David Ospina: 3/5
Though the Columbian made some good saves in the game, he was not as effective as Petr Cech at goal and looked a bit nervous at times. Denied Gray in the first half particularly to keep his side level, when the Burnley attacker had a one on one chance.
Calum Chambers: 3.5/5
Not only did he do a decent job at the back, but also managed to score a magnificent goal to give his side the lead.
Laurent Koscielny: 3.5/5
Put in a strong display at the back, but was booked in the game.
Gabriel Paulista: 3.5/5
Came into the side for Per Mertesacker and his quickness gave him an advantage in the game.
Kieran Gibbs: 3.5/5
Looked quite sharp in the game as he looked to impress against the Championship side.
Mohamed El Nenny: 3/5
A decent performance in his debut for the Gunners, though will take some more time to adjust to the style of play in England.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 3/5
Claimed an assist for the Sanchez goal and looked to create more chances right through the game.
Francis Coquelin: 3/5
Returning from injury and lacked that sharpness. Will take a bit more time to get back to full fitness.
Olivier Giroud: 2.5/5
Disappointing on the night and did not really create too much in the game.
Alexis Sanchez: 4/5
On his return to the starting eleven, scored one and created one, which will give him confidence to get back to his best form soon.
Alex Iwobi: 3.5/5
Played a part in both the Arsenal goals and surely looks one for the future.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10
Came on to replace Coquelin in the second half and looked to add more cover in front of the defence.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10
Brought on to replace Iwobi on his return from injury, who had put in a decent shift in the game.
Theo Walcott: 6/10
Came on for the best Arsenal player on the night, as he replaced Sanchez with 19 minutes of normal time left.
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