Arsenal get back on track with home win against Burnley (3-1)
22 December, 2018
Unai Emery’s Arsenal team were back in Premier League action in the early Saturday kick-off at Emirates Stadium against Burnley. The team knew the importance of bouncing back with a win after the results of the previous week, but they were well aware that it would be a tough battle against Sean Dyche’s side.
The match began at a high tempo, with both teams creating chances in the opening minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock in the 14th minute after an excellent team move. Arsenal moved up the pitch with patient build-play and Mesut Ozil split the defence with a superb pass to find Sead Kolasinac coming in off the left wing at the back post. His lay-off found Aubameyang, who tucked the ball away to make it 1-0. Both Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles were getting up and down their flanks with plenty of energy, and when Arsenal were forced to switch to a back three due to an injury to Nacho Monreal, the two full-backs pushed even further forwards.
In fact, it was a run down the wing from Kolasinac early on in the second half that opened up space for Alex Lacazette. The French striker slid the ball across to Aubameyang, who hammered past Joe Hart to make it 2-0 to the Gunners. Burnley showed their fighting spirit, however, getting a goal back through Ashley Barnes. The away side continued to push forward in search of an equaliser, but Arsenal knuckled down at the back and held firm. In injury time, Ozil ran at the Burnley defence and into the box. The ball squirted into the path of Alex Iwobi, who finished to make it 3-1 and calm any last-minute nerves.
Arsenal now focus their attention on the Boxing Day trip to Brighton in the Premier League