Arsenal managed a big win against Burnley thanks to a late Alexis Sanchez penalty.

It was billed as the game Arsenal would flop in after such a convincing display against Tottenham.

True to form, Arsenal were nowhere as good as they were the previous week. Burnley were always going to be difficult opponents, and they showed why by making Arsenal uncomfortable with plenty of pressure.

Arsenal did defend well all game, but were lacking some spark to break Burnley down. With the game looking set to end goalless, Ramsey was bundled over in the box, and Alexis Sanchez stepped up to score the penalty in the dying seconds.

The ratings may not reflect the importance of the result, but nonetheless, here’s how the Arsenal players got on.

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Defence

Petr Cech 7

There were no doubts about Cech today.

The keeper used all of his experience to cope with the numerous crosses that came into his box, and produced a number of good stops to keep Burnley out.

A rare commanding display from our number one.

Laurent Koscielny 6

He struggled to come to grips with Ashley Barnes in the first half, but enjoyed a more comfortable second half as Arsenal played more in Burnley’s half.

His willingness to venture forward was noticeable.

By the end of the game, he was whipping crosses into the Burnley penalty area and causing some trouble.

Shkodran Mustafi 7

Often penalised for the softest of infractions by Lee Mason, but otherwise had an excellent game against Barnes and Chris Wood.

The German took charge of many situations and stood up to the physical test against two burly and canny centre forwards.

Nacho Monreal 6

It was a game where he could have been targeted for his lack of height. However, Monreal was often well-positioned to mop up any loose balls at the back, and always on the front foot to intercept passes into midfield.

He obviously fancied a goal as well, as he took a number of shots from distance.

Unfortunately, only one of them threatened Nick Pope in the Burnley goal.

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