Having been forced to return home empty-handed in their last Premier League outing after VAR’s controversial intervention at St James’ Park, Arsenal welcomed Vincent Kompany’s Burnley to Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
ARS: Raya; Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, Tomiyasu; Rice, Jorginho, Havertz; Martinelli, Trossard, Saka
BUR: Trafford; Taylor, Beyer, O’Shea, Vitinho; Koleosho, Brownhill, Berge, Gudmundsson; Rodriguez, Amdouni
Arsenal’s wait for their 1000th goal at Emirates Stadium was a long time coming on Saturday, with resolute defending from the visitors seemingly ensuring that the match would remain goalless at half-time – until Leandro Trossard headed home at the far post to ensure the Gunners reached their milestone tally.Embed from Getty Images
Yet when the Clarets restored parity after eight second-half minutes through Josh Brownhill’s deflected strike, it looked to be game on. William Saliba had other ideas though, restoring the lead as he slammed home Trossard’s corner delivery.
Oleksandr Zinchenko joined in on the rout too, smashing home the third goal on the rebound after Dara O’Shea had flicked another corner onto the woodwork.
But Mikel Arteta’s side wouldn’t make it easy for themselves, with Fabio Vieira dismissed for a studs-up challenge on Brownhill. The hosts did well to hold on though, returning to winning ways after a disappointing trip to Tyneside last weekend.
The Gunners will face a short trip across London to Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium after the international break, with Burnley preparing to host West Ham United.