Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb strike maintain Gunners’ perfect start

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang points to the crowd after restoring Arsenal


Arsenal won, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored another winner, and he did not do himself a mischief when celebrating with an acrobatic flip. All in all, this was a good day for the Gunners.

Supporters got to see their new defensive lynchpin David Luiz scrap with the big strikers of Burnley. They were introduced to Dani Ceballos, whose performance was so good it made you wonder why in the world Zinedine Zidane let him leave Real Madrid in the summer.

For Unai Emery, it is two wins from two, with a trip to Liverpool to follow next week. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang points to the crowd after restoring Arsenal’s lead against Burnley on Saturday

The Gabon international fires a low, hard shot from outside the area after Dani Ceballos (centre, back) won the ball for Arsenal

The Gabon international fires a low, hard shot from outside the area after Dani Ceballos (centre, back) won the ball for Arsenal

Aubameyang watches along with three Burnley defenders as his shot ripples the back of the net in the second half

Aubameyang watches along with three Burnley defenders as his shot ripples the back of the net in the second half

Aubameyang pulls off his signature celebration – a forward front-flip – after scoring his side's second goal in style

Aubameyang pulls off his signature celebration – a forward front-flip – after scoring his side’s second goal in style

Lacazette and Aubameyang bow to one another while shaking hands with both strikers getting their names on the scoresheet

Lacazette and Aubameyang bow to one another while shaking hands with both strikers getting their names on the scoresheet

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE

ARSENAL: (4-2-3-1) Leno 6.5; Maitland-Niles 6, Luiz 6.5, Sokratis 6.5, Monreal 6.5; Ceballos 8 (Torreira 83), Guendouzi 6.5; Nelson 6.5 (Pepe 45, 6), Willock 7, Aubameyang 7.5; Lacazette 7.5 (Kolasinac 71, 6)

SUBS NOT USED: Martinez (GK); Mkhitaryan, Chambers, Gabriel Martinelli

GOALS: Lacazette (13), Aubameyang (64)

BOOKINGS: Aubameyang (38), Sokratis (90+1)

COACH: Unai Emery 7.5

BURNLEY: (4-4-2) Pope 6.5; Lowton 6, Tarkowski 6, Mee 6, Pieters 5; Gudmundsson 6 (Lennon 72, 6), Cork 6, Westwood 5.5, McNeil 6; Wood 6 (Rodriguez 61, 6), Barnes 6.5

SUBS NOT USED: Hart (GK); Taylor, Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley

GOALS: Barnes (43)

BOOKINGS: Barnes (90+5)

COACH: Sean Dyche 6

REFEREE: Mike Dean 6

MAN OF THE MATCH: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)

VENUE: Emirates Stadium

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Burnley came to the Emirates Stadium with a plan. They surrendered possession, lumped long balls towards Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, and asked questions of the Arsenal defence.

After Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring, Barnes levelled it up before the break. It was a fine run and finish from Aubameyang midway through the second half that separated the sides.

Ceballos was man of the match, and what a full Premier League debut he enjoyed.

The 23-year-old midfielder on a season-long loan from Real Madrid oozed quality. Several times his pirouettes in the centre of the pitch had grown men swooning.

It was from a Ceballos corner that Arsenal took the lead inside 13 minutes. Lacazette killed the ball dead but he had his back to the goal and Erik Pieters was all over him like a rash.

The No 9 did not let that stop him. Lacazette shrugged off Pieters as he turned and, while falling to the ground, pummelled a shot through the legs of Nick Pope. Super strength, fine finish.

Alexandre Lacazette points to the sky after breaking the deadlock in Arsenal's Premier League clash with Burnley

Alexandre Lacazette points to the sky after breaking the deadlock in Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Burnley

The Frenchman showed great strength at a corner to muscle off his man before getting a shot away at goal

The Frenchman showed great strength at a corner to muscle off his man before getting a shot away at goal

Lacazette's shot was squeezed through the legs of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as Arsenal struck first

Lacazette’s shot was squeezed through the legs of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as Arsenal struck first

Lacazette wheels away in celebration after giving the Gunners the lead inside 13 minutes at the Emirates on Saturday

Lacazette wheels away in celebration after giving the Gunners the lead inside 13 minutes at the Emirates on Saturday

Arsenal came close to doubling their lead before the break. Ceballos led a counterattack after receiving the ball on the half-turn, and he teed up Matteo Guendouzi for the shot. He drilled it towards the bottom-right corner but Pope produced the save with a trailing leg.

Burnley had asked questions of Arsenal’s defence and on the stroke of half time, they made it 1-1.

Dwight McNeil tried his luck from distance and Sokratis produced the block, but the deflection only carried the ball into the feet of Barnes. The striker, eight yards out and with Guendouzi breathing down his neck, sorted his feet out and beat Bernd Leno.

Barnes ran away celebrating, cupping his ear with his hand. Arsenal’s defenders were crying for offside. Would VAR make a fool of the Burnley striker? Nope. He was onside, and the goal stood.

‘Anti-football,’ sang the visiting supporters, poking fun at their style of play under Sean Dyche. 

Ashley Barnes celebrates his equaliser for Burnley just minutes before the half-time whistle at the Emirates

Ashley Barnes celebrates his equaliser for Burnley just minutes before the half-time whistle at the Emirates

The English forward, who was found inside the Arsenal penalty area onside, managed to prod the ball past Bernd Leno (left)

The English forward, who was found inside the Arsenal penalty area onside, managed to prod the ball past Bernd Leno (left)

David Luiz and Reiss Nelson can only watch from afar as Barnes found space in the box before scoring the equaliser

David Luiz and Reiss Nelson can only watch from afar as Barnes found space in the box before scoring the equaliser

Barnes' goal was checked by VAR as the decision to keep the flag down looked close at first-glance but it was eventually given

Barnes’ goal was checked by VAR as the decision to keep the flag down looked close at first-glance but it was eventually given

Arsenal thought they had re-taken the lead moments later. Nacho Monreal, captain for the day, made a run down the left and pulled the ball back for Reiss Nelson, who buried it beyond Pope.

The assistant had already raised his flag for offside. It went to VAR, who concurred.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, playing at right back, threaded a through-ball into the feet of Aubameyang. The striker controlled then fired a shot which was saved by Pope.

Ceballos then forced him into a diving save at his bottom corner following a 20-yard effort.

Clarets goalkeeper Pope denies Lacazette by making a reaction save minutes after the Frenchman's opener

Clarets goalkeeper Pope denies Lacazette by making a reaction save minutes after the Frenchman’s opener

Arsenal boss Unai Emery (centre) complains to the fourth official about time wasting as Matt Lowton takes a throw-in

Arsenal boss Unai Emery (centre) complains to the fourth official about time wasting as Matt Lowton takes a throw-in

Arsenal were knocking on the door, and they took the lead in the 64th minute.

Ceballos lost the ball then won it back instantly. Aubameyang charged forward, cut on to his right foot then drilled the ball beyond Pope, who had no chance.

There was no Mesut Ozil in the match-day squad here. The official reason for the German’s absence was illness, though he watched on from the stands.

In the end, he was not needed. Arsenal won without him, and next up is Liverpool.



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