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Summary

  1. Ramsey smashes ball into roof of net
  2. Arsenal second in table with 66 pts
  3. Gunners won last eight league games
  4. Burnley remain nineteenth in table

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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That is your lot for today. But not your lot for the weekend. Tomorrow the Premier League offers up a couple of emotion-free, passionless local derbies in the shape of QPR v Chelsea and Manchester United v Manchester City. But I imagine you're not that interested in them?

We'll see you tomorrow!

Player reaction

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin tells Sky Sports: "It was probably one of the hardest victories in this run. Lots of teams have dropped points here and they played direct football, but I think we coped well.

"I always knew that I could do a job for the team, I just needed a chance to show it. The loan spell at Charlton really helped me get my confidence up. We have been winning games and playing well - we have the FA Cup semi-final coming up as well - we'll just have to see where it all takes us."

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Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage

606 on BBC Radio 5 live

"I don't think you can predict any games at this stage of the season, who'd have thought Burnley would have taken four points from Man City and Spurs? What an opportunity there is to stay up this season for somebody, with the points total looking so low."

Player reaction

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Aaron Ramsey reaction: "It's definitely one of the tougher games. A lot of big teams have dropped points here. We looked solid. They like to get the ball forward and we dealt with it very well.

"Maybe in the past we've been guilty of going forward and been punished. We were under pressure but we felt pretty comfortable out there.

"I like to be involved a lot more playing in the middle, but I'm doing a job on the right and I'm happy with the way I'm playing.

"It's a long time since we've had the majority of the squad fit. There's definitely competition for places - it keeps people on their toes. We're on this fantastic run - so it's difficult to get your place back."

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Matt, Devon: Coquelin was superb again today, lost count of how many challenges and interceptions he won. If he'd have started the season we could be up there with Chelsea. Still, four points off the lead isn't bad for a club in crisis.

James, Norfolk: Phew, that was a hard earned three points. Well done Coquelin, well done Per Mertesacker, well done Lolo, all vital in holding that lead.

We're going to guess that "Lolo" is Laurent Koscielny, James.

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Manager reaction

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche on Sky Sports: "We wanted to get into Arsenal's backline today, we played the ball more direct but we lacked that little bit of quality up front.

"It was an awful goal to concede from start to finish but beyond that I thought it was even in the first half, and in the second half it was more open and both sides had chances.

"We feel we have quality in this side and people forget that we are coming to the end of a run against the top sides. But there is still a belief and a spirit in this side and we will fight to the end to stay in this Premier League. You can see from this performance that there is a huge desire in this side.

"There are no guarantees obviously and we have to show that we have that little bit of quality to finish things off. There are six massive games coming up for this team and we have to show that we can turn that competitive edge into wins. "

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Antoine V: This win doesn't mean more pressure on Chelsea. To an Arsenal fan (like me) it means one thing, 3 wins from guaranteed 4th!

Abu Ali: Since losing to Spurs..... Arsenal are now 12 points ahead of them. The "shift of power" didn't last long!

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The running order

Match of the Day

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You'll get to see that cracking West Brom vintage kit in all its glory - West Brom v Leicester is top of the bill on tonight's Match of the Day.

West Brom v Leicester

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Tottenham v Aston Villa

Burnley v Arsenal

Southampton v Hull

West Ham v Stoke

Swansea v Everton

Match of the Day, 22:30 - 23:55, BBC One

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been quick out of the blocks to celebrate on Twitter: Job done! 8th win in a row and second for another week. Enjoy your weekend, Gonners!

Manager reaction

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was a battling performance more than a fluid performance, and that was because Burnley are perfectly organised and very fit to keep their shape for the full 90 minutes.

"They made life very difficult for us. The first goal was vital and we were a little bit in between: do we go for another or try to keep it tight. That is not always the best place to be. When you have not scored the second goal you are always under threat, but I thought we did enough to deserve to win the game.

"I don't think that our game against Chelsea will decide the Premier League title, they have two games in hand, but we have to just to keep going. We have promised ourselves to do as well as we can until the end and then we will see where we stand."

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Ben, Manchester: Arsenal fans are so precious over any criticism of their players. Ozil has disappointed since his move and Gooners have bad mouthed him in the past. When someone else does it they spit out their dummies!

Adam, London: Burnley are fighting for their lives, I'm not surprised this has been difficult, especially with the results in their favour today. I imagine Chelsea will be in for as tough a day tomorrow at Loftus Road.

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The game in stats

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Sometimes it is easy to see the general story of a game in stats. This one is a good example. There were just nine shots on target during the whole match, and I'd argue only two of those were clear-cut. Arsenal dominated possession (68.5% to Burnley's 31.5%). It was not a classic.

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Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

"Burnley still have a chance, but they have to show more urgency. They might have lost by three or four if they did, but you never know. Nobody is saying they've not tried, but they've not thrown men forward, and that's down to the bench as well. They've played with their hearts, but I'm not too sure about their heads."

Top and bottom of it

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Premier League table (top)
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Premier League table (bottom)
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As it stands...

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal's eight straight win leaves them four points behind leaders Chelsea. The Blues' two games in hand makes them clear favourites but at least the Gunners are making this interesting.

Burnley remain in 19th place, two points from safety with six games to go. However, their run-in is arguably an easier one than some of their rivals.

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Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

Dyche
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"Put it in it perspective, Burnley have lost 1-0 to the team second in the table. But if I were a Burnley striker I'd be having a right go in the dressing room because of the long balls. It was the most comfortable 1-0 win I've ever seen. Arsenal never had to get out of second gear. You don't want to criticise Sean Dyche, but it's a bad run and confidence will be sapped because Burnley have not played well."

FULL-TIME

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Arsenal make it eight wins in a row. They have had much more spectacular wins in that run, but this had its own merit to it, built on a solid and disciplined display that has been sorely lacking in the Gunners in recent seasons.

For all their efforts, Burnley come away with nothing and remain in the relegation zone. You sense their fight will go right down to the wire.

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Paul Collins: Not Arsenal's greatest performance but would take a 1-0. City lost here and Spurs drew. Tough place to come.

Ben Morley: Last time Arsenal won at Burnley was in 1970. They went on to do the double, beating Liverpool in the FA Cup final.

That's a good spot Ben, Arsenal's last league win at Turf Moor was in September 1970 - and yes, they did go on to win the double.

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SUBSTITUTIONS

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Two of the three are gone, with Arsenal playing keep-ball. They eat more time up by sending on Calum Chambers for Alexis Sanchez.

Burnley also make a change with Matt Taylor coming on for David Jones for his first appearance since August. He'll do well to touch the ball in the minute left.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Desperate times for Burnley now. Ben Mee swings over a superb cross from the left but there is nobody there to capitalise. Why? Then Danny Ings charges to the edge of the box but instead of pulling the trigger, he opts to pass to Sam Vokes, who is unable to control, allowing Arsenal to clear. Much to the home fans' frustration. There will be three minutes of added time.

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That could have finished it. Hector Bellerin beats his man at the byline on the right and chips up a cross, but Alexis Sanchez cannot get enough power on his header and it loops into the arms of Ben Heaton. No goal, but it eats up more precious time.

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Just two minutes of the 90 left for Burnley to find something dramatic in their locker. Unfortunately for them, Arsenal are doing a good job of keeping hold of the ball.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

"Danny Welbeck will make Arsenal better. He's more mobile than Giroud and he's quicker. Burnley will find it more difficult now. Burnley keep persisting with this long ball. Another one has gone over the head of Sam Vokes and he looks almost inconsolable."

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Danny Welbeck's first involvement almost seals the game as Arsenal break and Mesut Ozil finds the striker, who can't quite find a finish after moving to a tighter angle and instead settles for a corner off Jason Shackle. Arsenal don't seem overly concerned abiout attacking the corner, though, and leave plenty of men back, making it easy for Burnley to clear.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

If Burnley are to get back into this (or Arsenal add to their lead) it will be somewhat bucking the trend at this ground this season. Only three goals have been scored in the last 15 minutes of games here - fewer than any other ground.

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James, London: "I think Arsenal need another goal here. They've conceded late goals in recent away games."

James, Norfolk: "Arsenal need to summon the spirit of George Graham, Tony Adams, and the Invincibles to see this out. Burnley have had a fantastic second half."

Gary, North London: "So fed up with hearing complaints about Ozil... even from so called pundits! Such an important player for us! Remember how we play without him? (2nd half v. Newcastle!!)"

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SUBSTITUTION

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Olivier Giroud will not be adding to his impressive recent tally. He won't be matching Emmanuel Adebayor's Arsenal record of scoring in seven successive league games. He departs and on comes Danny Welbeck, who has no doubt been given the task of keeping the Burnley defence occupied with his pace.

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More Burnley boos as Sam Vokes tries to muscle his way onto a long ball forward and tumbles under a challenge from Laurent Koscielny. The home fans want a foul. They don't get one. Ten minutes remain.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

You get the sense that Burnley's efforts are starting to catch up with them. They had a good spell and created chances earlier in the second half but now they are giving the ball away with some lose passes. Do they have enough in the tank to get themselves back into this? Or are Arsenal going to pick them off to seal it?

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Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

"It had been a little bit laboured from Arsenal, but Burnley have had some chances, and now it's like Arsenal have picked it up because they feel they need to kill the game off."

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BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Turf Moor

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"Burnley's search for an equaliser had seen them largely feed on scraps in front of goal until the last few minutes but you would not have thought it from listening to their fans roar them forward or from watching their boss Sean Dyche, who has been on his feet and urging his players on since the start of the second half. Arsenal have not wobbled defensively yet but they still have work to do to see this one out."

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Arsenal try to thread the needle on the edge of the Burnley box but the home defence stands firm. They have crowded the Gunners out really well so far. Barring the one moment of weakness, from which Arsenal scored, Burnley can be very happy with their defensive effort against one of the best attacking forces in the division. This is tempting fate, I know, but the prolific Olivier Giroud has been very quiet.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

Burnley are giving this a real go. They look the most likely to score. Scott Arfield lifts the ball up for Danny Ings just inside the box but he is unable to connect properly with an acrobatic shot that heads towards goal but is saved by David Ospina.

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Mufc Believer: Burnley could nick a point here.

Chris Fenn: Burnley may have the worst goal difference but no more top teams left to play after this! Don't be surprised to see them stay up on goal difference.

Jack Lucey: The relegation scrap is so tight. I would say that hull, Sunderland and Leicester are going down.

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Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

Boyd
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"It's a terrific opportunity for George Boyd. We said you fancy Burnley will get one chance, let's hope they get another one. Ben Mee does well and it's almost a tap in. The worst thing will be to finish this game thinking 'if only we had a go at it'."

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Nacho Monreal is forced into an emergency clearance as Burnley come forward. Sam Vokes was sniffing, but the Gunners defender was quickest to hammer the ball away. Soon after, Ben Mee's cross looks tailor made for George Boyd to slide in and finish but he miscues and the ball skips away from him. Will the home side get a better chance than that?

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Alexis Sanchez looks to release Aaron Ramsey through the middle on an Arsenal break but his pass has way too much on it and the Welshman has no chance of controlling it on the stretch.

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

This game is a real battle. Burnley are trying to batter their way through Arsenal with quick, long balls forward. Arsenal are keeping their shape, looking to match the work-rate of the home side and hit on the break. The Gunners are almost handed a gift as Kieran Trippier accidentally steers a cross from the right towards and past his own goal. Soon after Santi Cazorla fires over from range.

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Former Burnley midfielder Lenny Johnrose

BBC Radio Lancashire at Turf Moor

Jones
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"I've been a little disappointed. I was looking forward to the game and some free flowing football. But whenever Burnley have had it they've gone long. Burnley are playing right into Arsenal's hands. You do often get the feeling that you will get a chance against Arsenal - most Arsenal fans won't be comfortable at 1-0."

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Merlyn from Cardiff's text just after half-time is attracting a bit of heat...

John O'Connor: Anyone who says Ozil is "surplus to requirements" knows even less about football than Michael Owen.

Reza_kh: To say that Mesut Ozil is surplus is utterly bizarre! Absolute rubbish in fact!

Matt, Brighton: Re: Merlyn. Considering Arsenal have won 14 of their last 16 games and seven on the trot, I think we can safely say the players are being used pretty effectively where they are!

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