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Burnley fell to a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal at home with the winning goal coming from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

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Surprisingly, Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger did actually see the incident which led to Alexis Sánchez converting the kick. “It looked from the outside like a clear penalty,” Wenger said. “I will have to watch it again but I think there was one on Bellerin as well. I can understand if they are disappointed with it but from the outside it looked a penalty.”

It was Aaron Ramsey who won the penalty and Wenger said: “When you speak to him he didn’t throw himself on the ground. He said he wanted to go back and flick on the ball. He was pushed in the back and he had a problem in his neck from the push.”

He added: “In the first half it was a very difficult game for us. We didn’t find our stride and were a bit too slow in the build up and second half we upped the tempo and dominated the game and it was a question of find the ball, patience and as well beat a team who defends extremely well.

“To be comfortable is not enough. You have to push yourself much more and I thought it was 20% more from us in the locker that we hadn’t given in the first half.”

He said of us: “When you play against them you understand why they have 22 points and why they don’t concede goals, they have conceded only two goals at home from the start of the season. They defend extremely well, they are clever, they use every set piece to be dangerous and the team is very dangerous on the direct game as well so you have to be extremely focused.”

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Sean Dyche was struggling to believe that it could happen again against Arsenal, conceding a stoppage time goal that was controversial. “Three times against the same side, in the last minute, leaves you scratching your head,” he said after the game. It’s a difficult one for statisticians to work out the odds, that’s for sure. You almost stand there and can’t believe what you are seeing, but that’s football.

“It’s probably a penalty, in fairness, and certainly a less contentious decision than the last two, but the only thing is that he is never going to get the ball. He (Tarkowski) does make contact, but that late in the game you have to be 100% sure and, to be honest, it was highly unlikely anything other than a penalty was going to get given today, decisions wise.”

Clearly unhappy with the performance of referee Lee Mason, he said: “The players are frustrated about many things in the game today that we were miles out of our control. There were a number of strange decisions, but I have to look beyond that and it’s also difficult because I felt it was a very good performance from us, particular in the first half.

“To play against a side like that and keep them on the back foot, and limit them to so few chances was very pleasing. They had a good 15 minutes of the second half and then we got back into it, so overall it’s a good performance and we’re just disappointed with the outcome.

“So many parts of our performance were pleasing and I told the players that afterwards. It’s hard to define sometimes how you get nothing from a game, but we didn’t today.

“The growth I talk about in the side was there again today and the gaps we are trying to shorten against the other teams and real superpower club was on show. On any given day it’s hard because when they really turn up it makes it doubly difficult, but on an even chance such as today I thought we performed very well.”

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