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Arsenal show quality and battling spirit in home win against Burnley (2-1)
17 August, 2019
Unai Emery’s Arsenal were in Premier League action at Emirates Stadium against Burnley and were looking to make it two wins out of two after last week’s away win vs Newcastle.
Arsenal were quick out of the blocks; Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos were particularly active in midfield and linking well with the forward line. In the 13th minute, Alex Lacazette showed his strength and determination to fight off two opposition defenders before firing a low shot past Pope in the Burnley goal. The away side reacted well to going a goal behind and started to increase the pressure on Arsenal’s midfield with aggressive pressing. Arsenal had to show their quality in possession to beat the press and the Emirates crowd were treated to some very slick passing football from the Gunners. Ashley Barnes got an equaliser for the visitors just before the break after latching on to a deflected shot from Wood.
Nicolas Pepe was brought on at half-time and he made an instant impact with a strong 40-yard run and good combination play with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In the 64th minute, Ceballos won possession and fed Aubameyang on the edge of the box; Arsenal’s no.14 shifted the ball onto his right foot and lashed it into the bottom left corner to put the Gunners back in the lead. The final half hour saw Unai Emery’s team show their battling spirit to close out the game and take the three points.
Arsenal’s next match in the Premier League is next Saturday’s late kick-off against Liverpool at Anfield.