Arsenal maintained hopes of winning the FA Cup for a third season in a row as Alexis Sanchez’s goal carried them past Burnley and into round five.
The Premier League side led when Calum Chambers superbly curled in from 18 yards with the outside of his foot.
Burnley hit back as Sam Vokes headed in Tendayi Darikwa’s cross and Andre Gray came close after the break, Alex Iwobi making a timely interception.
Sanchez – making his first start since November – finished coolly to win it.
The Chile international – who has made just one substitute appearance since suffering a hamstring injury – was lively throughout and turned in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross after Darikwa was dispossessed in midfield.
There can be no doubt the holders deserved a place in Sunday’s draw as they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances, though Burnley created a nervy finish.
The impressive Gray caught sight of goal late on but could not get meaningful power in his shot and as the visitors threw bodies forward, substitute Theo Walcott missed a glorious chance to add a third on the break as he failed to round Tom Heaton.
-History beckons for Gunners-
Arsenal’s match programme featured the FA Cup trophy on the front cover along with the words “To have and to hold”.
They move a step closer to emulating the Blackburn Rovers side of 1886 by winning a third FA Cup in a row, though this was far from vintage.
They made nine changes to the side beaten by Chelsea last weekend but still fired 23 shots at the Burnley goal as Arsene Wenger maintained his record of only losing to lower-league opposition once in 41 FA Cup ties.
Solid appearances from the likes of Chambers and Iwobi show he has a squad capable of maintaining a challenge in this competition but the anxious moments …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper