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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Aaron Ramsey suffered neck injury after fouled in the box

Wenger dismisses Ramsey 'cheat' claims - offers unseen proof Arsenal star was fouled
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Arsene Wenger has dismissed the suggestion Aaron Ramsey dived to win a last-gasp penalty against Burnley.

Ramsey went over in the box after clashing with James Tarkowski and Alexis Sanchez duly dispatched the spot-kick to steal a 1-0 win for Arsenal.

It was a lucky escape after an excellent Burnley defensive display and Wenger refused to entertain the idea Ramsey could have conned the referee.

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‘It looked a clear penalty, I’d have to watch again,’ he said.

‘But there was one on Bellerin as well, I can understand why they (Burnley) were disappointed but from outside it looked a penalty.

Aaron Ramsey goes down under the challenge of James Tarkowski
Aaron Ramsey was fouled by James Tarkowski (Picture: REUTERS/Andrew Yates)

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Burnley players need to held back from confronting Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck
Burnley players were furious with Ramsey going down (Picture: REUTERS/Andrew Yates)

‘When you speak to him, he didn’t throw himself on the ground, he wanted to go back and flick the ball, he was pushed in the back, had a problem in the neck from the push, it was a very strong push.’

Wenger has hit out at non-Arsenal players ‘diving’ this season, with Raheem Sterling on the receiving end of a roasting from the Gunners boss earlier in the month.

Sterling won a penalty in the 3-1 win over Arsenal and Wenger claimed the attacker ‘dives well’.

Arsene Wenger chats to Aaron Ramsey after a game with his arm around the midfielder
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Aaron Ramsey reacts to missing a chance
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The narrow win over Burnley at Turf Moor fired Arsenal back into the top four and Wenger praised his team after the crucial victory.

‘We kept a clean sheet when Burnley were really up for it,’ he said.

‘We won 1-0 but have to congratulated our three centre-backs because they did a remarkable job.

Alexis Sanchez peels off in celebration
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Alexis Sanchez is mobbed by his team-mates as Granit Xhaka leaps in the air
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‘I believe in the first half it was very even, they were sharper than us, it took a while to get the pace, they were more decisive.

‘But second half it was all us. They made some changes but we pushed ourselves higher up.

‘They defended very well, well organised, clever intelligent and direct, when you play them you understand why they have 22 points.

‘I pushed Sanchez more in the middle in the second half, he was much more influential, I felt in the first half it was like the team didn’t get it into enough it enough but second half much better, more dangerous, you could see through him danger could be created.’

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