Sean Dyche: “You need officials to make the right decisions”

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche hit out at the Officials today believing that some poor decision making late in the game cost his side a point today against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Burnley were a man up when they awarded a contentious penalty in the 93rd minute from which Andre Gray equalized. However, a penalty awarded to Arsenal in the 97th minute of the game drew criticism from Dyche, who felt that Laurent Koscielny was offside in the build up play and that the Gunners shouldn’t have really been awarded their penalty. Continue reading

Shkodran Mustafi: “We never give up”

Arsenal’s summer signing Shkodran Mustafi showed his value in both boxes today, scoring the Gunners’ first goal against Burnley before helping them chase the match winner as Arsenal scored late in the game to secure a crucial 2-1 win that took the Gunners second in the Premier League standings.

Speaking after the game, Mustafi said, “We played in their half for most of the game and then you are a man down – it becomes difficult. I think we did well, even when it went to 1-1. In the last few games we have played, it seems like we never give up and always come back and that is a big credit to the team.” Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “We are a relentless team”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger issued an apology to the Referee for having lost his cool, made his usual statement about not having seen anything, and praised his side’s battling qualities as the Gunners’ refusal to accept just one point earned them all three against a battling Burnley side that came very close to nicking a draw at the Emirates.

Wenger shared in an interview after the game, “My view that is honestly I did not see that it was a penalty. I will have to watch it on the video. Francis told me that he ran into him. Myself, I should have shut up and I apologize for not having done that. It was nothing malicious. I should have kept my control, even if it was in a hectic time. Continue reading

10-man Arsenal snatch dramatic late winner against Burnley

It was a typical Sunday afternoon for Arsenal fans at the Emirates, put through the wringer emotionally by the side they love, and rescued right at the death by Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, who despite missing 3 of his last 4 penalties showed the calmness and petulance that one has come to expect with greatness as he stroked home the winner for the home team in the 98th minute of the game.

The opening hour of the match is exactly what one has come to expect from Arsenal over the years, dominate the contest but struggle to break down a well oiled defence at home. Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey: “We dug in and got what we deserved”

After having watched his side nearly throw away a crucial two points in the race for the Premier League title and then steal it back at the very end, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was predictably excited when he spoke to the press immediately after Arsenal’s thrilling 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates.

The Welshman told Sky Sports, “It was a lot of minutes added on but we dug in. It’s not easy with 10 men but we dug in and got what we deserved in the end. It’s important to keep playing. We always know we can create chances even with 10 men.” Continue reading

Dyche praises Wenger’s contribution as he reaches 200 not out

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche will be celebrating his 200th game in charge of the side when he visits the Emirates on Sunday to take on Arsenal, and the man labelled the Ginger Mourinho in the press took time out today to credit the role Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have played in his survival.

Speaking ahead of the Arsenal clash, Dyche said, “Arsene has always taken quite an interest in us here. And I have been lucky enough to have spent some time with him. When you get the opportunity to sit down and learn from someone who has had such a long and remarkable career as him you are bound to become better as a manager.” Continue reading

Trio return to Arsenal squad for Burnley game

Arsenal have received a triple injury boost ahead of the visit of Burnley to the Emirates this weekend with the Gunners welcoming Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs to full training this week and all three players in contention to make the squad for this weekend’s clash.

Bellerin has missed a couple of weeks after struggling horribly in the game away to Bournemouth where he was carrying an injury and was twice robbed off the ball as Arsenal conceded cheap goals. It will be interesting to see whether he will go straight back into Arsenal’s starting eleven or be kept in reserve by Manager Arsene Wenger. Continue reading