Arsenal back in top four, Everton thrashed by Southampton

Arsenal back in top four, Everton thrashed by Southampton

Arsenal moved into top four in the Premier League after a rather hard-fought 1-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor. Alexis Sanchez scored from the spot in stoppage time to hand the Gunners all three points.

Arsene Wenger made just one change to the team that started last weekend, with Alex Iwobi taking Mesut Ozil’s place, while the home side remained unchanged.

The Gunners have beaten the Clarets in their last six meetings, but it was the hosts who started on the front foot.

Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady and Gudmusson all went close to giving Burnley the lead, while Aaron Ramsey had Arsenal’s best chance in a goalless first half.

After the restart, Brady almost gave the home side the lead, but Petr Cech was alert to save his well taken free kick before the away side would start to pile on the pressure.

Burnley were content with sitting back and playing on the counter, but despite the Gunners enjoying majority of possession, they struggled to create anything of note.

However, in stoppage time, Arsenal got a chance to take all three points after they were awarded a penalty, which Sanchez calmly slotted home.

It was the third consecutive time Arsenal will beat Burnley with a late goal, having done so in the last two PL meetings between them.

The win sees Arsenal move up to fourth on 25points, a point ahead of city rivals, Tottenham in fifth.

Up next for Wenger and his side is a game against Huddersfield at the Emirates on Wednesday, while Burnley take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Elsewhere in the PL, Everton’s fall from grace continues after they lost 4-1 to Southampton at Saint Mary’s.

Charlie Austin scored a brace, after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s beautiful goal cancelled an 18th minute opener by Dusan Tadic.

Steven Davis added a fourth for Mauricio Pellegrino side, three minutes from time to secure a comfortable win for the Saints, who now find themselves 10th on the log.

Everton have now won just once in their last 12 games in all competitions and find themselves two points above relegation.

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