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Arsenal beat Burnley: Koscielny scores handy winner (video)

by | 2nd, October 2016

Arsenal beat Burnley at Turf Moor 1-0 with pretty much the last kick of the game. Laurent Koscielny mugged the ball over the line. But did it hit his hand on the way in? He knew nothing about it, that much appears certain.

Koscielny signed for Arsenal from Lorient six years ago for £8.45million. If John Stones is worth £50m, what price the Frenchman?

As for the goal, well, opinion is divided.

The Mirror says “Burnley’s fans will be furious handball wasn’t given when the ball was kicked into Koscielny’s arms which were by his face.”

The Sun: “Approaching the 92nd minute, a late corner was swung in and Oxlade-Chamberlain made contact.”

However, the ball appeared to hit Laurent Koscielny on the hand as it deflected into the net.

The Indy: “A late winner! ‘The Ox’ blasts it into Koscielny and it goes in. The visitors nick a win!”

The Arsenal website:


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Burnley Express: “Not only was Arsenal’s late winner a huge kick in the teeth for the home side but it arrived in the most controversial of circumstances as goalscorer Laurent Koscielny handled the ball over the line from an offside position.”

Trevor Sinclair tells BBC listeners: “I am absolutely gutted for the Burnley players. It is a handball.”

The BBC says:

Mesut Ozil delivers the corner from the right. The ball is headed to the far post by Theo Walcott – yes, Theo Walcott – and there is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain whose awkward effort on goal appears to come off the elbow of Laurent Koscielny and fly into the net. Defender Koscielny also ends up in the net seemingly unaware he’s scored what is likely to be the winner.

The Mail adds: “The Frenchman appeared to handle the ball from an offside position as he deflected the ball in from close range after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shot from close range.”

The Guardian adds: “The goal was controversial, beyond the allotted allocation of injury-time, Koscielny handballed the ball into the net, and he was surely offside when Oxlade Chamberlain kicked the ball into his team-mate.”

London Evening Standard: “Oxlade-Chamberlain wins it at the death for Arsenal! A short corner and a Sanchez cross. Walcott flicks it on. Koscielny and Oxlade-Chamberlain both look offside. Both kick it. It goes in. Somehow!”


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He wan’t offside. It was ball to hand. Two minutes were added on for injury time – the goal game in the 94th minute.

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Such are the facts.

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