Report: Arsenal 0-1 Burnley

Arsenal’s dreadful form continued as they slumped to a narrow defeat to Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game but unfortunately it was in his own net as he glanced in a Burnley corner. 

That came after Granit Xhaka was sent off for violent conduct after reacting angrily during a melee in the middle of the pitch. 

The late kick-off on Sunday has proved to be disastrous for the Gunners so far this season and they have now lost all four of their fixtures in that slot while Arsenal are now winless in five Premier League games.

Mikel Arteta made just one change to try and improve their fortunes, replacing the injured Thomas Partey with Mohamed Elneny

There has been plenty of criticism for Arsenal and Arteta this season with Héctor Bellerín and Willian baring most of the brunt and the duo did little to silence their doubters. The connection between the two was non-existent as they slowed the game down, took too many touches and passed to and fro before they were forced backwards. 

There was more joy down the left-hand side with Bukayo Saka and Kieran Tierney combining well and it was the Scotland international who sparked chaos in the Burnley box when his ball was headed into the path of Alexandre Lacazette but the ball wouldn’t fall for him or Saka before Aubameyang fired wide. 

The possession stats belonged to Arsenal but the visitors carved out a golden chance with their first attack as Chris Wood peeled off Gabriel Magalhães but somehow planted Robbie Brady’s cross wide when unmarked. 

Again, most of Arsenal’s danger came down the left. Rob Holding headed over from a Saka cross before Lacazette was denied from close range after Tierney spotted him with a cut back. 

Defensively, Arsenal were relatively untroubled but their lack of confidence was evident as they struggled to play it out from the back and Burnley looked to capitalise on their nerves with an aggressive press around the box. 

The players came out after the break energised and enthusiastic but found Nick Pope in good form. Tierney was the first to have a go as he went for the bottom corner from the edge of the box but Pope got down well. 

A great flowing move down the right saw Aubameyang pick out Saka but his snapshot was met by a good reflex save but the signs looked good until the hour mark when Xhaka saw red. 

Dwight McNeil took exception to a routine tackle from Xhaka that denied them a counter attack. The Switzerland captain was accidently tripped up in the following tussle and responded by grabbing Ashley Westwood’s neck and after initially showing a yellow card, referee Graham Scott upgraded it to a red card after consulting the VAR monitor. 

To make matters worse Ashley Barnes came on for Burnley while Dani Ceballos replaced Lacazette with the Clarets taking control of the game thanks to their numerical advantage and after a spell of sustained pressure they got themselves a corner. 

Elneny should have then joined Xhaka in the dressing room when he pushed James Tarkowski over with an arm to the face but despite VAR intervention, Scott only brandished a yellow card and didn’t award a penalty. 

However, the visitors then took the lead when Aubameyang headed in McNeil’s corner and you could see any positivity that was left in the players drain away. 

Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on for the final 15 minutes in place of Bellerín, who is suspended for Wednesday’s trip to Southampton, while Eddie Nketiah came on for the ineffective Willian but neither could prevent another damaging defeat.

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