Aaron Ramsey’s goal helped Arsenal to their eighth consecutive win in the Premier League, thus almost confirming our place in the top four, and just putting a bit more pressure on leaders Chelsea.
It was always going to be a tough game at Turf Moor. Before the match, the Daily Mail had reported that three of Sean Dyche’s men were in the top ten for distance covered so far this season. Therefore, it was a victory that would have to be hard earned. Luckily, we got the job done.
The Daily Mirror compiled a list of five things we learned from the game, and we’ve included our take on their points.
We now have a settled side
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After a load of injuries probably cost us a chance at the title, it is now good to see that Arsene Wenger can almost select anyone he wishes. The starting XI from the Burnley game was unchanged from the thrashing of Liverpool, and that consistency can only benefit the team’s fluidity.
However, it may worry those – like Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Debuchy who remain on the sidelines – about how they can force their way back into first-team reckoning.
All Arsenal Opinion: While it is nice to know that we have more players to come back in, it is unclear whether they can actually improve what is available to Arsene Wenger at the moment. It seems like we already have one of the best attacks in the league – if not the best – and we haven’t looked like we have missed Debuchy, especially with Bellerin starring as he has done.
We struggled with Burnley’s front two
Danny Ings and Sam Vokes may not be the Premier League’s deadliest partnership, but they work as hard as the rest of their teammates. At times, they posed Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker problems that they sometimes struggled to fix. And certainly, the pace of the Clarets’ front two caused mistakes from the back four.
All Arsenal Opinion: Yes the front two did well, and posed some questions of our defence, but Koscielny and Mertersacker had the answers. They looked a lot more troubling against Tottenham last week.
Aaron Ramsey is back to his best
It sometimes appeared at the beginning of this season that the Welshman had taken a step back in his development, as form and fitness problems stopped him making the impact of last campaign, where he scored the winning goal in the FA Cup Final. However, he is quickly becoming our talisman once again. In all competitions for club and country, he has scored four goals in his last six games.
All Arsenal Opinion: It’s almost a shame that Ramsey is playing so well when our title chances look slim at best. Hopefully the summer won’t stifle his momentum and he can pick up where he left off in the new season.
Is Olivier Giroud our best striker since Thierry Henry?
The fact that he was expected to score yesterday – and become the first Arsenal player to hit the back of the net seven games in a row – shows how far he has come. At times he has been seen as a liability, waiting to be replaced so Wenger could complete the attacking puzzle. But, he has proved this season that he is one of the Premier League’s best marksmen, and would have eclipsed the efforts of Diego Costa and Harry Kane had it not been for injury.
All Arsenal Opinion: Giroud has looked great lately, and has led to line really well. But to suggest that we cannot replace him in the transfer window is probably extreme. To know whether he is truly one of the best around, he needs an injury-free season, and needs to lead us to silverware.
The title is probably just out of reach
Ok, we can keep dreaming, but let’s be slightly realistic, Chelsea are seven points ahead with a game in hand. The Blues should clinch the title, but we need to continue our incredible run to keep in touch with them. At times, Jose Mourinho’s men have struggled once the pressure is applied.
Who knows, maybe the game at the Emirates on April 26th may have major implications on the destination of the title.
All Arsenal Opinion: Irritatingly, Chelsea’s last-gasp winner at Loftus Road has provided ended our very slim hopes of getting well into the title picture. However, we need to continue this momentum, if nothing else, to build the pressure for next season.