Ramsey clinches 8th successive PL win for Arsenal at Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Aaron Ramey maintained Arsenal’s late-season charge by clinching a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Burnley on Saturday, an eighth successive victory that keeps the team’s faint title hopes alive.
Arsenal has not enjoyed such a winning run in the league since last collecting the trophy in 2004, but inconsistency earlier this season has proved costly to this season’s title ambitions.
Although the Gunners are second — four points behind Chelsea — the leaders have two games in hand on their London rivals.
“Chelsea have a few points in front of us so it’s up to us to keep plugging away on the winning run and hope they slip up,” Ramsey said.
Securing the win at chilly Turf Moor was hard work for Arsenal, with the tenacious hosts a constant threat after Ramsey’s 12th-minute strike through a congested penalty area.
For Arsenal, an 18th consecutive season in the Champions League seems certain, given its 10-point lead over fifth-placed Southampton.
Burnley is in the drop zone, two points from safety, but the team has regularly defied its meager spending, beating Manchester City and holding Tottenham here in the last month.
“They were perfectly organized, they were fit to maintain their shape,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I think they deserve to stay in the league.”
Although Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton saved a free kick from Alexis Sanchez in the first minute, he conceded his first goal at home since Feb. 28.
Mesut Ozil’s shot was parried by Heaton, Sanchez’s follow-up hit Kieran Trippier, but Ramsey sent a powerful strike into the bottom corner amid a goalmouth scramble.
Burnley was more dogged after conceding, with Tripper coming close to leveling when his dipping free kick was turned away by David Ospina’s diving save.
At the other end, Santi Cazorla curled a free kick round the post but Arsenal was stifled in its pursuit of a second goal. Sanchez was denied from distance by Heaton’s low save and Arsenal was fortunate not to concede.
Ben Mee put the ball through Hector Bellerin’s legs on the left flank and found the space to whip in a cross. It reached George Boyd but, rather than attempting to bring the ball down, he fluffed his connection. Then Danny Ings tried to beat Ospina with an overhead kick but it lacked power and was easily collected by the goalkeeper.
“We have to take the chances we create,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. “In the second half we went on the front foot and went after them.”