Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez repeated history on Saturday with a goal apiece as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win over Burnley in a FA Cup tie played at the Emirates stadium.
Arsène Wenger’s side won by 3-0 on the Clarets’ last visit to the Emirates nine months ago, with Chambers and Alexis – the goalscorers that day – among nine changes to the Arsenal side for today’s (Saturday) FA Cup fourth-round clash.
Calum Chambers opened the scoring with a fine curling effort, before Sam Vokes levelled matters just after the half-hour mark with a firm header a 53 minute strike from Sanchez proved just enough to secure the Gunners a hard earned victory.
The last time Burnley visited the Emirates in the FA Cup, back in March 2009, the Gunners ran out comfortable 3-0 winners – and after a difficult January, they were hoping for a repeat performance this time around.
Only Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny – named captain for the day – survived from the Arsenal side that lost to Chelsea last weekend, while Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was handed a third start, with former Gunner Kanu watching on from the stands.
The visitors had settled quickest into the game as Andre Gray twice went close inside the opening 10 minutes, but gradually the Gunners started to move through the gears.
Arsenal took the lead in stunning fashion when Chambers collected the ball inside the box and directed a delightful shot into the roof of the net with the outside of his boot.
But Burnley soon equalised when Vokes took advantage of some hesitant defending to power a header beyond David Ospina.
Arsenal retook the lead in thrilling fashion when they broke at pace through the effervescent Alex Iwobi, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain delivered for Alexis to fire in from 10 yards out.
There was also an encouraging debut for Mohamed Elneny, and returns for Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky to encourage Arsène Wenger after a tough run of results.
Arsenal’s bid for a third successive FA Cup continues apace, and having returned to winning ways, there is plenty of cause for optimism heading into February.