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Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores winning goal for Gunners

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores Arsenal's second against Burnley
Aubameyang has scored seven goals in four Premier League appearances against Burnley

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal defeated Burnley to record successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2009.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from injury as he impressively held off Erik Pieters and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead after 13 minutes.

Ashley Barnes levelled the match two minutes before half-time, converting at close range from Dwight McNeil's deflected pass for his third goal in two matches.

The hosts, who handed full debuts to £8m defender David Luiz and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, saw an immediate response ruled out for offside after Reiss Nelson appeared to have completed a slick passing move with a confident finish into the roof of the net.

But the impressive 23-year-old Ceballos recovered possession to set up Aubameyang for a powerful, low finish with 64 minutes played.

Burnley goalkeeper Pope made a series of fine saves to keep the Clarets alive, but he was unable to prevent his side losing a 10th straight league meeting with the Gunners.

Ceballos shines for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Unai Emery praises Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his winner against Burnley

Three points away to Newcastle - along with a valuable clean-sheet - marked a pleasing start for manager Unai Emery following some exciting summer transfer business.

Another victory in their first home match was made all the more enjoyable for the home support by the enthralling performance of midfielder Ceballos, on loan from the Bernabeu for the 2019-20 campaign.

The Spaniard, unable to impress in his substitute appearance at Newcastle, oozed class in the centre of the pitch and delivered dancing runs through the Burnley midfield with sharp feet and twisting dribbles.

His whipped corner paved the way for Lacazette's opener, the Frenchman doing well to turn and shoot under pressure, while the 23-year-old celebrated passionately as Aubameyang converted from his tireless recovery work.

Likewise, youngsters Nelson, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi impressed in successive starts, while £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe emerged from the bench after the interval to add further promise for the season ahead.

However, with Luiz yet to settle into the back-line, Arsenal's defensive frailties were apparent as Barnes and Chris Wood caused awkward moments from set-pieces.

An almighty scrap in the Arsenal penalty area following a first-half Burnley corner offered a timely reminder of the questions that remain - though Luiz appeared, for the most part, calm and composed when in possession.

Arsenal are showing promise as the season warms up and, though old worries remain, back-to-back opening wins and a dazzling Ceballos display will keep Emery smiling.

"We didn't control the game as much as we wanted. We need to improve. Each match is giving us a lot of information. I think we can do better. We lost some easy balls at times, but in general we can be proud of our first match here," Emery said.

On Arsenal's new signings, he added: "I want to speak about the team, but for the first match [at home] it was good. It's good for David [Luiz], for Pepe, for Dani [Ceballos], who are another step ahead."

Battling Burnley leave empty handed

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Sean Dyche impressed by Burnley's 'mentality'

Burnley manager Sean Dyche arrived in north London with a miserable managerial record against Arsenal - one which continued with a ninth straight Premier League defeat by the Gunners on Saturday.

The Clarets made a perfect start to the season with a 3-0 win against Southampton on home soil courtesy of clinical finishing from striker Barnes who again proved crucial to the Clarets' cause.

Barnes, who shot narrowly wide earlier in the half, remained composed to level deservedly for the visitors after 43 minutes - but was unable to convert from a tight angle in the closing stages.

With Arsenal's Luiz making his debut alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos in defence, Dyche's side targeted set-pieces and called Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno into action through James Tarkowski and Barnes' close-range attempts.

Though they left with defeat, Burnley delivered a convincing showing, remaining unfazed and organised as Arsenal dominated possession. Indeed, they attempted more shots (18) than the hosts (16) though their accuracy - just five were on target - let them down.

They had Pope to thank on several occasions at the other end, stretching to block from Guendouzi's close-range attempt and diving to deny Ceballos moments before Aubameyang left the goalkeeper with little hope of preventing the eventual winner.

With Jay Rodriguez again emerging from the bench and fellow summer addition Danny Drinkwater yet to return to fitness, Burnley - free from the additional demands of Europa League qualifying that burdened them 12 months ago - have established a strong base from which to build their season.

On the performance, manager Dyche said: "I don't feel hard done by. I think it was a very good performance. We used the ball wisely when we could. They had a few chances, Pope made a superb save. Overall I am happy with the performance - we really brought the game to them and made a number of chances."

On striker Barnes, he added: "I am enjoying his performance. He deals with knocks really well. I have been pleased with the group - if we keep playing like that and we keep competing then we will get some rewards on the way."

Man of the match - Ceballos (Arsenal)

Dani Ceballos
Real Madrid loanee Ceballos recorded two assists on his full Arsenal debut, recording four key passes in all and registering as many shots as strikers Aubameyang and Lacazette (three).

A one-sided fixture - the stats

  • Arsenal had not won their first two games of a Premier League season since 2009-10.
  • Burnley boss Dyche has lost all nine of his Premier League matches against Arsenal - the joint worst 100% losing ratio by a manager against a team in the competition along with Gary Megson, who also lost nine against Liverpool.
  • Arsenal have won their last 10 Premier League games against Burnley, only ever enjoying a longer run against Man City (11).
  • Lacazette has been directly involved in 28 goals (21 goals and seven assists) in 36 Premier League appearances for Arsenal at the Emirates.
  • Lacazette registered his 40th goal involvement for Arsenal in the Premier League since his debut in August 2017 - a tally only Aubameyang, with 43, can better for the club in that time.
  • Aubameyang has scored seven goals against Burnley in four league appearances, four more than he has netted against any other Premier League side.
  • Only Sadio Mane (14) and Sergio Aguero (13) have scored more Premier League goals in 2019 than Burnley's Barnes (12).
  • Ceballos is just the third player to assist two or more goals on his first Premier League start for Arsenal. Ray Parlour and Henrik Mkhitaryan are the other two.

What's next?

Burnley are away to Wolves on Saturday (15:00 BST), while Arsenal face a trip to Liverpool later that day (17:30 BST).

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 23David LuizBooked at 90mins
  • 18Monreal
  • 28Willock
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 14AubameyangBooked at 38mins
  • 8CeballosSubstituted forTorreiraat 83'minutes
  • 24NelsonSubstituted forPépéat 45'minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forKolasinacat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mkhitaryan
  • 11Torreira
  • 19Pépé
  • 21Chambers
  • 26Martínez
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 35Martinelli

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 72'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 61'minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Gibson
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 25Lennon
  • 26Bardsley
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
60,214

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.

  3. Booking

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Luiz.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.

  9. Booking

    David Luiz (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).

  11. Post update

    Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).

  15. Post update

    Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Willock.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).

  19. Post update

    Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

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