EPL: Alexis Sanchez's penalty gives Arsenal relief against Burnley
Injury-time penalty earns Arsenal full points against hardworking Burnley
English premier league
Alexis Sanchez's late penalty gave Arsenal a controversial 1-0 win over Burnley, while managerless Everton endured more misery in a 4-1 thrashing at Southampton yesterday. Arsene Wenger's side looked set for a frustrating draw as they entered stoppage-time at Turf Moor, but they snatched full points when James Tarkowski was ruled to have pushed Aaron Ramsey. Sanchez held his nerve to slot home the dramatic late penalty and moments later Arsenal were celebrating a win that lifted them into fourth place in the Premier League. The Gunners are still nine points behind leaders Manchester City, who face Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium later on Sunday.
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores a penalty during the English Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley yesterday. Pic/AFP
Manchester City on top
A win for City would reopen an eight-point lead over second placed Manchester United, who beat Brighton 1-0 on Saturday. Arsenal were delayed on their journey to Turf Moor, from their overnight Lancashire hotel, only arriving at the ground 50 minutes before kick-off. They looked out of sync in the early stages and might have fallen behind when Jeff Hendrick teed up Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who beat Nacho Monreal before delivering a fierce shot which Petr Cech did well to touch onto his post.
Without Mesut Ozil, ruled out due to illness, Arsenal were struggling to break down Burnley. Alexandre Lacazette was twice denied by 'keeper Nick Pope in the second half. But Sanchez stepped up to seal Arsenal's second successive league win with his fourth club goal of the season. At St Mary's, Everton's miserable season hit another low point as caretaker boss David Unsworth oversaw a fifth defeat in his seven matches in charge following Ronald Koeman's sacking.
Southampton 4-1 Everton
Everton, linked with a move for Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, are now just two points above the relegation zone.
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