Arsenal got BURNT by an own Goal

Full-time result

Arsenal

0

1

Burnley

73’ P. Aubameyang -O.G

MATCH STATS

Ball Possession: 65% – 35%

Goal Attempts: 18 – 10

Shots on Goal: 6 – 2

Shots off Goal: 6 – 5

Blocked Shots: 6 – 3

Free Kicks: 14 – 7

Corner Kicks: 13 – 4

Offsides: 3 – 3

Goalkeeper Saves: 1 – 6

Fouls: 5 – 11

Red Cards: 1 – 0

Yellow Cards: 2 – 1

Total Passes: 557 – 307

Tackles: 12 – 12

Attacks: 115 – 81

Dangerous Attacks: 66 – 32

It seems like luck is not on the side of the Red North London outfit as they again lose 3 points at the Emirates, losing to Burnley to sit at the bottom of the English Premier League after game week

The game looked promising as hopes were high in the first half of the match as Arsenal showed class, stability, and zeal all through the first 45 minutes. Much pressing was on the left side, and more balls were sent into the 18 yards of Burnley, but the strikers failed to convert any chance in the game.

A victory in the game could have transformed the season for the gunners and kept the faith in manager Mikel Arteta, who is trying to revive his underperforming senior players, and made only one change from the team who played against Tottenham with Mohammed El-Neny starting in Midfield to replace injured Thomas Partey, with the side failing to convert their chances starting from the 12th Minute.

First, Lacazette failed to properly connect well with a low headed pass from Willian, which could have dropped Burnley’s morale. The ball ran to Bukayo Saka who’s shot was not direct to goal, and then fell on to captain Aubameyang whose strike was deflected to the side netting.

The Gunners were fortunate not to fall behind barely minutes later when unmarked Chris Wood headed wide from a right-wing pinpoint cross. Arsenal again tried to break their opponent by relying too often on crosses from the flanks, and only once did it really proved futile with Alexandre Lacazette’s shot from 8 yards being too close to Pope and allowing the Burnley Stopper to make a good save.

Nick Pope {man of the match} appeared to have been ready for the gunners as the stopper proved again why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, making a string of saves first-half display as the host tried to go ahead. New signing Gabriel Mangalehes headed goalward from the corner twice in the first half, but the result remained the same.

The gunners started the second half with good intent, often pressing and increasing the pressure on the away team as this time captain Aubameyang woke up to being a leader connecting with the midfielders and making runs to the Burnley defense, and at one time made a short pass from the left flank which Kieran Tierney right shot couldn’t beat the Burnley keeper, if Aubameyang had confidence at that time he could have done better with that chance. Still, minutes later, his shot was deflected and narrowly went past the goal post.

Burnley broke a pressing charge by Arsenal and tried to go on a counter-attack but was stopped by Granit Xhaka in a brave show of defense, which helped the gunners recover. He was initially issued a yellow card for the offence. Still, He was sent off after a VAR review shows that violent conduct happened after he grabbed Ashley Westwood by the throat, and this caused his dismissal early in the second half of the game, making the gunner’s night in front of 2,000 fans go from bad to worse as the gunners were reduced to 10 men.

The ten-man gunners tried to rally and keep up hope with a goalbound effort by Bukayo Saka effort headed over the bar by James Tarkowski. Burnley held firm and kept pressing on to win their second win of the season.

Perhaps the gunners were fortunate or considered not to be reduced to 9 men after Mohammed El-Neny was shown a yellow card for raising his hand to the face of James Tarkowski inside the gunners’ 18 yards before a corner. Unfortunately, when the set-piece was taken, it was mistakenly flicked into the goal post by captain Aubameyang after jumping near the post with Brownhill of Burnley. Aubameyang, who has so far this season, after 11 games scoring one goal, feels the game’s weight, and very few are concerned about how he feels emotionally as fans feel it is a poor performance. Many are saying, “he doesn’t deserve the captain band at this time.”

Boos greeted the final whistle from the home fans after the defeat keeps the gunners at 15th place in the Premier League, just 5 points clear of the relegation zone, and puts the team in a deeper crisis.

Arsenal vs Burnley Review

on another game this Wednesday...

Absolutely, I prefer to play in 72 hours. The players are hurting. Thank you so much to the fans because I think they were tremendous behind the team with the support that they were giving, and knowing how difficult it has been for us in this competition in recent weeks. I think they react like that because they see the team, how they try and how they go about it, how much passion they put into the game with no limitations.

~ Mikel Arteta

400 AT EMIRATES

This was our 400th game at Emirates Stadium.

We won our 100th, 200th and 300th games – all without conceding a goal.

Our home record at the stadium now reads: P400 W269 D76 L55 F850 A333

WHAT’S NEXT

We’re back at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to face Southampton in the Premier League.

Then it’s Everton at Goodison Park next Saturday.

COYG!!!

Match Review by Adeyemo Adesola