Friday, December 18, 2009

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal Match Goals and Highlights: 12/16/2009

Graham Alexander's penalty scored Burnley a deserved point as Arsenal failed to maintain the pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table. Burnley looked like they might be in for a long night at Turf Moor after Cesc Fabregas capped a scintillating Arsenal opening salvo with an early finish. Arsenal threatened to put the game to bed before Burnley got out of the blocks as Fabregas quickly wasted another chance and Andrey Arshavin struck an upright. But Burnley, who were denied by the woodwork themselves in the opening seconds when Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia turned Thomas Vermaelen's wayward header on to the bar, are formidable opponents at the wonderfully atmospheric Turf Moor and refused to give up. And Alexander, the master from 12 yards, equalized before half-time from the spot following Vermaelen's foul on the hulking figure of Andre Bikey.

0-1 Cesc Fabregas 7"

1-1 Graham Alexander 28" (penalty kick)

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