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Burnley 0 - 1 Arsenal: Sign of the Southern Cross

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The streak gets continue-y-er.

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0 - 1 Aaron Ramsey 12'

Arsenal held off a scrappy Burnley side at Turf Moor to secure three more points in their upward spring surge today, an early goal from Welsh Superhero Aaron Ramsey enough to put the Gunners over the top.

It was not an attractive match, which surely will please NBC, who rolled out no fewer than seven on-air staff members to the north of England for the evening kickoff. Arsenal initially looked fluent, and twelve minutes in, a blocked Alexis shot fell to Mesut Özil, who also shot, the rebound eventually falling to Aaron Ramsey, who smashed it into the roof of the net. One got the sense as time ticked along after that, however, that it was not going to be a stroll through the moor, as Burnley forced Arsenal into a lot of aerial play and generally flew at the Gunners' back line in hopes of scraping a goal.

As the first half swung into the second, Arsenal found little fluency in attack, frequently turning the ball over from both the attack and from David Ospina's kicks. Luckily, Burnley's pairing of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes was unable to leak anything through resembling a solid chance, and what shots did float toward goal made it safely into David Ospina's loving arms, his electronic arms.

In the end, sub Danny Welbeck should've probably put the game out of reach, but he didn't quite latch on to Özil's pass. He helped out the defense, though, and Arsenal were able to secure three points and move within four of leaders Chelsea (who have two matches in hand).

It's the sign of the southern cross...feels like a time.