Match ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores winning goal for Gunners
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
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
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)
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.
Burnley are away to Wolves on Saturday (15:00 BST), while Arsenal face a trip to Liverpool later that day (17:30 BST).
- 23David LuizBooked at 90mins
- 14AubameyangBooked at 38mins
- 8CeballosSubstituted forTorreiraat 83'minutes
- 24NelsonSubstituted forPépéat 45'minutes
- 9LacazetteSubstituted forKolasinacat 71'minutes
- 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 72'minutes
- 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 61'minutes
- 10BarnesBooked at 90mins
- Mike Dean
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.
Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
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.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Luiz.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.
David Luiz (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).
Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).
Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).
Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Erik Pieters.
Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).
Substitution, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira replaces Dani Ceballos.
Foul by David Luiz (Arsenal).
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Arsenal. Matteo Guendouzi tries a through ball, but Sead Kolasinac is caught offside.
Hand ball by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).
Attempt saved. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Offside, Arsenal. David Luiz tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood following a set piece situation.
Foul by Dani Ceballos (Arsenal).
Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross following a set piece situation.
Hand ball by Joe Willock (Arsenal).
Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Johann Gudmundsson.
Substitution, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.
Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.
Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.