Wood Ch. (39′)
Aubameyang P. (6′)
Ball Possession: 41% – 59%
Goal Attempts: 9- 15
Shots on Goal: 5 – 3
Shots off Goal: 4 – 6
Blocked Shots: 0 – 6
Free Kicks: 15 – 7
Corner Kicks: 2 – 3
Offsides: 2 – 2
Goalkeeper Saves: 2 – 4
Fouls: 5 – 12
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 1
Total Passes: 419 – 595
Tackles: 15 – 12
Attacks: 126 – 99
Dangerous Attacks: 51 – 56
Arsenal’s top 4 hopes left hanging after a horrible display by Granit Xhaka and a poor decision from VAR. The Gunners grabbed an early lead through Aubameyang but gifted the equalizer to Burnley in a match where they needed a victory to Keep Pace with the top 4 hunters.
Mikel Arteta made a couple of changes to his starting Lineup, with his sights set on a trip to Greece for the Europa League first leg encounter against Olympiacos. Thomas Partey, Calum Chambers, and Bukayo Saka were all included in the Starting Line up.
In the 6th minute, Willian found Aubameyang with a neat pass down the left, with the striker showing a bit of footwork with the ball before sending a squeezing shot into the near post of Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead. Bukayo Saka Should have added a second moments later but his placed shot sailed across the post. A horrible display from Xhaka in the 37th minute led to the equalizer. The midfielder received a pass from Leno inside his own box but his intended pass to David Luiz came off Burnley striker, Wood, and rolled into the empty net to level the scores.
The second half was more dramatic than the first. On the half-hour mark, Mikel Arteta brought on Lacazette in place of Odegaard in a bid to get something from the game. Burnley thought that they had gone ahead when Wood broke through one- on – one against Leno but his shot was saved by the goalkeeper. At the other end, Substitute Nicholas Pepe fluffed his lines with the goal at his Mercy. Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty for An awkward handball by Erik Pieters but it was overlooked by both the referee and VAR. A neat goal-bound right-footed volley from Pepe was blocked on the line by Pieters again and this time, the referee pointed to the spot and issued the defender a red card but it was rescinded after consulting with VAR with the defender deemed to have blocked the ball with his shoulders. Further drama ensued in the closing stages with Dani Ceballos rattling the post before the referee’s full-time whistle was blown.
The draw places the Gunners 9 points below 4th placed Chelsea in the race for Champions league qualifications and with the current form of Chelsea, it is going to be a very interesting end to the season, hence the Gunners should savor their chance in the Europa League as their major route back into the Champions League but first, they must overcome Greek opposition, Olympiacos on Thursday night, the same side that knocked them out of the competition last season.
- Only Cesc Fabregas has reached 50 PL appearances for us at a younger age than Bukayo Saka
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more PL goals against Burnley than he has any other side in the competition (8)
- We’re unbeaten in our last nine away league games against Burnley (W4 D5), keeping a clean sheet in three of their last five. Our last league defeat at Turf Moor was in December 1973
WHAT IS NEXT?
- We’ve got four huge games ahead of the international break and they run Thursday-Sunday-Thursday-Sunday.
- The first leg of our Europa League tie with Olympiacos is first, then it’s the north London derby against Tottenham.
- The second leg against Olympiacos is followed by another London derby – against West Ham United.
Match Review by Patrick Alexander