Arsenal scored a dramatic winner on 90+8 minutes against Burnley to lift themselves into 2nd place in the Premier League, behind league leaders Chelsea.

Burnley will be proud of themselves for how they contained Arsenal in the first half, even having a few chances themselves via frontman Andre Gray. The turning point in the match came on 65 minutes when Granit Xhaka was dismissed for a second time this season after a lunge on Steven Defour. Arsenal continued to press, often looking as if they weren't down to 10 men, but they could not find that vital second goal.

They were punished on 90+3 minutes when Francis Coquelin fouled Ashley Barnes in the area. Gray dispatched the penalty and the Clarets looked like they had salvaged a point from the game. Ben Mee's studs caught Laurent Koscielny's face on 90+7 minutes left referee Jon Moss with no option but to give a penalty, although Koscielny was in an offside position. Alexis Sanchez confidently chipped the ball down the middle past Tom Heaton.


The result leaves Burnley in 13th, 10 points clear of the relegation zone. The Clarets have only gained 1 point from their past 30 away games, but their superb home form has seen them gain 25 of their 26 points total. Arsenal find themselves in 2nd, 5 points behind leaders Chelsea who, at the time of writing, play Hull City.

It has been a weekend that has seen results benefit Chelsea without them even having to play. Liverpool lost 3-2 to Swansea, which could be what the Swans need to kick-start their survival battle.

Tottenham drew 2-2 with Manchester City in a game that Guardiola will feel his team should have won. Manchester United drew 1-1 with Stoke City thanks to a fantastic free-kick by record-breaking Wayne Rooney, now the Red Devils top scorer ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton. It was important for Arsenal to capitalise on these dropped points and keep the pressure on Chelsea, which they have with this hard-fought win.

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Should Chelsea win against Hull City, they could be 8 points clear of Arsenal and 10 points clear of Liverpool in 4th. It is difficult to imagine anyone will catch the Blues anytime soon.