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Burnley Shocks Arsenal

Burnley Shocks Arsenal

Arsenal hosted Burnley, in what was Arsenals 400th game at the Emirates Stadium, as they looked for ending their terrible form in the Premier League this season. Arsenal came into this game after winning just one off their last 7 matches in the league (D1 L5) and failing to score in 5 of those outings. And for Burnley, they’ve won just one of their league games this season (D3 L6) but Sean Dyche’s men were looking bit better after their draw against Everton last weekend.

ABOUT THE GAME

Both teams started the game with caution, especially Arsenal, who definitely needed to win this game and the history was with them as they had never lost to Burnley in their last 15 outings (W11 D4) with them in the Premier League!

Aubameyang and Saka were looking like a threat to the Burnley players as they were able to breach through their midfield and looked to break out the defence but weren’t able to find that finishing touch. But Burnley missed a great chance in the 14th minute when Brady curled a beautiful cross towards the far post, where Wood was unmarked 8 yards from the goal but mistimed it and the ball hits his shoulder and drifted wide.

 

Burnley’s defender, Tarkwowski, was having a great game as he made some important blocks as well as tackles in the penalty area. By half hour mark, Arsenal started to create few chances but to no avail. Halftime arrived with no sides scoring any goal and Robert Brady receiving the games first Yellow card.

2nd half started pretty well for the Gunners but the oppositions’ goalkeeper was looking solid in the game. Intercepting crosses as well as stopping some great shots throughout the game. But by 56th minute, it went downhill for Arsenal as Xhaka received a straight red after he was seen putting his hands around Westwood’s throat. Arsenal were down to 10 men. Xhaka was originally shown a yellow for a foul on McNeil, but due to some commotion with the Burnley players, he was seen grabbing Westwood’s neck and that was enough for the referee to send him for violent conduct.

At 73rd minute, the goal came for Burnley but not from their players, from Arsenals talisman, Aubameyang, who flicked the ball coming from the corner, delivered by Westwood, into his own net. It then ended a 1-0 win for Burnley who won their first league game against Arsenal since 1974.

Should Arteta bring back Ozil back to the team? It is a shame how they have treated the World Cup winning player.

INSIGHTS FROM THE GAME

  • Arsenal have lost each of their last 4 PL home games, their worst since 1959.
  • Burnley claimed their first win over Arsenal since 1974, ending a 15 game winless run against the gunners (D4 L11).
  • Arsenal have scored just 10 goals in 12 PL games, their lowest since 1981-82 (8 goals).
  • Arsenal have received twice as many red cards as any other club in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta took charge (6).

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Written by khalid mustafa beg

An Army Brat and a defence aspirant, Khalid Mustafa Beg, currently pursuing B.A. LL.B. from Sharda University, hails from the hills of Jammu and Kashmir. He is a football and Manchester United fanatic and an avid reader of books and novels. He is a passionate and hard-working person who is disciplined in his approach and loves to spend time with his dear ones and is very jolly in nature. He has big ambitions and looks to give back to society and help others with his knowledge and influence.

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