Sunday, 22 January 2017

Burnley Manager Sean Dyche unhappy with Arsenal winner

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has bemoaned the way in which his side suffered a last-minute defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates this afternoon.

The ten-man hosts had been leading 1-0 until a hectic final seven minutes, which saw Burnley score a penalty, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sent off and Arsenal edge back ahead with a penalty of their own.

The result meant that the Clarets maintain their status as the Premier League's worst away side, with just one point collected from their 10 trips away from Turf Moor this season.

Speaking after the game, Dyche said that he believes his side were worthy of a point from the encounter and questioned the validity of the late penalty by hinting that Laurent Koscielny was offside when caught by the boot of Ben Mee.

"It's a tough day for us in the end. To lose a game in that fashion, with an offside not given is tough, particularly when you come to tough places like this," he told Sky Sports News.

"We never take anything for granted. We know how tough this division is but you need officials to make the right decisions and that is the shame today.

They have to be brave have officials at places like this, I understand that, but you've got to think it has to be given[offside."

The result sees Burnley stay firm at 13th in the table, 10 points above the relegation zone.

I should have shut up states Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he "should have shut up" after he was sent off during the Gunners' dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts took the lead on the hour-mark though Shkodran Mustafi but soon saw themselves reduced to ten men when Granit Xhaka went in with both feet on Steven Defour.

Arsenal held firm and were heading for the three points until the 89th minute, when Sean Dyche's side were awarded a penalty, much to the annoyance of Wenger.

The Frenchman was given his marching orders and appeared to manhandle the fourth official moments after Andre Gray had successfully dispatched the spot kick.

There was to be one last twist in the tale, however, as Alex Sanchez put the hosts back ahead with a penalty deep into injury time.

"We finally got the win but of course it was very difficult for us," Wenger told Sky Sports News afterwards.

"We couldn't get the second goal, we played with 10 men and they played well as well. In the end we got the three points we wanted. 

"Burnley are well organised, they make the game simple but efficient. We won there in the last second and we one again in the last second today. Every week and every game is an unbelievable fight for everybody."

Asked about his sending-off, he added: "I didn't see any penalty from the outside but I should have shut up and I apologise, even if I was frustrated."

The result lifted Arsenal to second in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of the Blues' late kickoff with Hull City.

Arsenal beat Burnley after Alexis Sanchez scores a penalty in the 97th minute

Arsenal’s Premier League title bid was saved in thrilling fashion as Alexis Sanchez scored the second of two stoppage time-penalties in a 2-1 win over Burnley.

Shkodran Mustafi’s first Arsenal goal seemed to have broken Burnley’s formidable resistance, but a red card for Granit Xhaka six minutes later was the start of a potentially disastrous collapse.

In the second of seven minutes of added time Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes inside the box, with Gray converting from the spot as Arsene Wenger was sent to the stands for his remonstrations to fourth official Anthony Taylor.

It seemed to have cast a critical blow to Arsenal’s prospects of catching Chelsea, but five minutes later Laurent Koscielny was kicked by Ben Mee in the area and Sanchez chipped his spot-kick down the middle to secure three points on a weekend where Wenger could afford nothing less.

After Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all conspired to drop points on Saturday the opportunity was there for Arsenal to emerge as Chelsea’s closest rivals; they could cut the gap on Antonio Conte’s league leaders to five points with a win against a Burnley side who had claimed just a single point of their 25 away from Turf Moor this season.

Alexis Sanchez can be the perfect role model for the young players at Arsenal claims Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka believes that Alexis Sanchez can be the perfect role model for the young players at Arsenal.

The Chile international is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s top attacking players since his arrival at the club from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Sanchez has been a key part of the Arsenal team so far this season and has scored 14 Premier League goals for the north London side. 

The 28-year-old’s future at the club continues to be a source of speculation after he entered into the final 18 months of his contract at The Emirates.

However, Xhaka, who arrived at Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Sanchez so far this term.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s website, Xhaka said: 

“I think Alexis can be a good role model, because he always pushes himself to his limits, no matter if it’s in training or in a match.

“He can be a good role model for the young players.” 

Arsenal are currently gearing up for their Premier League clash against Burnley at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

I'm pleased to have Danny Welbeck back in contention says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger is ready to unleash Danny Welbeck back onto the Premier League after insisting the Arsenal forward could have prevented England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit if he had been fit. 

The 26-year-old returned from a second serious knee injury in the space of two years in the recent FA Cup third-round win over Preston.
Welbeck, signed from Manchester United in the summer of 2014, played for just four months last year after returning from a long lay-off before he was again forced to miss eight more months with a new issue.

That saw him miss out on a place at the European Championships in France, where Roy Hodgson's Three Lions were knocked out after a humbling 2-1 defeat to Iceland at the round of 16 stage.

But now he is building up his fitness and is likely to play some part in Arsenal's clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday -- with Wenger revealing why he believes the forward is such a popular figure among the club's fan-base.

"First of all he is hugely popular because he did very well with England before he got injured, he was the centre-forward of England, let's not forget that," he said.

"England failed at the European Championship and you cannot stop people from thinking 'If Welbeck was there he would have helped us win against Iceland.'

"Secondly he is a young, promising striker -- he has a fantastic spirit and people sense that. He is genuine, committed and humble and you do not find that too many times together.

"Maybe as well people feel sorry for a guy who hasn't played for two years basically, and for me he is rightly, hugely popular." 

Wenger believes Welbeck's injuries came at just the wrong time in his development, but has backed him to put his problems behind him as he looks to start again with the Gunners.

"He has pace, good technique and is committed, he wants to help the team," the Arsenal boss continued.

"He is a good finisher as well and that was a bit before he got injured you could see that was coming out because when he played at Man United he didn't score enough goals.

"Suddenly it was coming and so he has been stopped just at the wrong moment. First of all I touch wood and hope. He is not completely out of it.

"We still rest him after two days, one day, because of bone inflammation. That takes a huge time to get completely rid of and you have to be careful not to have a setback."

 Asked if Welbeck was over the injury setback from a psychological standpoint, Wenger added: 

"Yes, that is why I'm pleased with him.

"Some players have big injuries and you observe them in the first three months and you think 'my friend, you will struggle' because they have a handbrake.

"And some players come back like they behave like they have never been injured and he is one of them, at first training you have to say 'come on, don't go into full contact straight away' but he is like that."

Welbeck's return adds more firepower to a forward line which boasts a plethora of talent, with Wenger pleased with the "offensive weapons" available to him.

Patrick Vieira is in the frame replace David Moyes at Sunderland

Patrick Vieira is reportedly in the frame to take over from David Moyes at Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

The Black Cats are currently three points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League, having tasted defeat in 15 of their 22 games this season to date.

According to reports, the club have an "emergency list" of managerial targets should Moyes either quit or be sacked, with Vieira their top-choice candidate.

The 40-year-old is currently managing New York City in the MLS but is believed to have a desire to manage in the English top flight and could be tempted by "an attractive start" in the North East.

During his playing career, Vieira won three Premier League titles and four FA Cup trophies with the Gunners, as well as three Serie A titles with Inter Milan.