London - Alexis Sanchez scored twice and Calum Chambers added another as
Arsenal won 3-0 at home to bottom club Burnley on Saturday to claim
fourth place in the Premier League.
anxieties about the battle for a Champions League place seem to be
easing, and it is largely because the excellent Sanchez has already
found his feet following his transfer from Barcelona.
also able to hand a comeback to England winger Theo Walcott, who made
his first appearance of the season as a second-half substitute after 10
months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.
The game at
the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger named an
unchanged team, quickly fell into a predictable pattern.
10th minute, Arsenal had had close to 80 percent of possession. By the
30th minute, they had had more than four times as many shots on goal as
By the 40th, the Lancashire side were already hugely grateful to goalkeeper Tom Heaton, after he made a series of fine saves.
of those stops were from Chilean forward Sanchez, who has now scored
four times in two games after claiming a double in last weekend's 2-0
success at Sunderland.
Wenger claimed on Friday that Europe is no
longer producing forwards like South America and, whether true or not,
there are few players in the Premier League capable of producing what
On 35 minutes, he tried to lift the ball over Heaton from distance, but shot just wide.
For his next effort, five minutes later, Heaton just about managed to parry the ball away.
goalkeeper, however, was not the only Burnley player who seemed to use
his hands in that box. Arsenal had two penalty shouts in the first half,
but referee Craig Pawson remained unmoved.
Both Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, meanwhile, missed decent opportunities for the home side.
barely fashioned a chance themselves, but did cause Arsenal one moment
of panic in the first half, just before the interval.
broke for Scott Arfield, but just when the winger was about to play a
pass to Danny Ings, Mathieu Flamini made a vital touch.
With Arsenal toiling at the other end, Wenger hauled off Mikel Arteta for Aaron Ramsey shortly after half-time.
Despite all of their possession, Arsenal were missing the thrust of players running beyond Sanchez.
But then they almost forced a goal. Fine work from Chambers set up Cazorla, but his shot was blocked by a robust Burnley body.
It was becoming the story of the game, until Sanchez made the difference.
70 minutes, Chambers whipped in a cross that looked a little too high
for the Chilean, but he showed impressive force to get in between Kieran
Trippier and Michael Duff to brilliantly head home.
Within two minutes, the game was settled, as Chambers turned scorer.
set-piece fell to Welbeck in the box and although his shot was blocked
on the line, Chambers was there to poke the rebound home and claim his
first senior goal.
Substitute Lukas Podolski almost powered in
another two goals, forcing another bloke on the line and then smashing
the ball off the post, before Kieran Gibbs teed up Sanchez for his
second goal in stoppage time.