Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacazette & Aubameyang Secure Win
Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:37

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacazette & Aubameyang Secure Win

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:37

​Arsenal stumbled to a 2-1 win against Burnley in their first home game of the season, keeping up their 100% winning record against Sean Dyches side.

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lacazette & Aubameyang Secure Win

It was a strong start from Unai Emerys side in the north London sunshine and Alexandre Lacazette had the ball in the back of the net after just 12 minutes, showing off his physicality to collect the ball from a corner before firing it in between Nick Popes legs.
Bernd Leno then showed off his reactions to deny Ashley Barnes from point black range at the other end of the pitch, but the 29-year-old did eventually get on the scoresheet after finding himself unmarked from a few yards out.
There was just enough time before half-time for Reiss Nelson to have a goal ruled out for offside, but even the Video Assistant Referee couldnt stop Arsenal re-taking the lead through last seasons top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Club-record signing Nicolas Pépé came off the bench and left his mark the home crowd with a handful of fancy tricks, and even though the Ivorian wasnt able to see his name go up in lights, Arsenal held on for all three points to go top of the Premier League table for the rest of the afternoon.

Key Talking Point
Slick passing and devastating counter-attacks is nothing new for Arsenal in the Premier League, but Unai Emerys side for large parts of the match were able to match Burnleys predictable physical approach.
The Clarets still got the better of Arsenal in a lot of 50-50 challenges, while their tight pressing game also forced Saturdays hosts into mistakes every now and then, but for the most part, Emerys side werent out of their depth going toe to toe with Burnley.

Even after conceding just before the half-time whilst, Arsenal didnt implode on themselves like they have so often over the years, instead sticking to the game plan and going on to win the match using their philosophy.

Player Ratings
Leno (8); Maitland-Niles (6), Luiz (8), Sokratis (5), Monreal (7); Ceballos (9*), Guendouzi (7), Willock (7); Nelson (6), Lacazette (8), Aubameyang (8).
Substitutes: Pépé (8), Kolašinac (6), Torreira (8).

Star Man
Odds on Arsenal fans to be clamouring for the club to make Dani Ceballos loan move permanent?
The Real Madrid star hit the ground running on his first-ever start in north London, keeping fans at Emirates Stadium on the edge of their seats with his delicate touches, sublime passes and ability to dance past Burnleys midfielders.
Arsenal fans absolutely loving Dani Ceballos. Hes making a very big impression. Magic feet.

— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 17, 2019
Sign Ceballos permanently ASAP. Santi clone.

— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) August 17, 2019
I like this Ceballos guy .. seems a real talent 

— Tolulope Ogunmefun (@dontjealousme) August 17, 2019
Ceballos has glue on his boots man!

— Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) August 17, 2019
Very important to keep analysis sober and grounded early in the season but Dani Ceballos is tall Santi Cazorla.

— James Benge (@jamesbenge) August 17, 2019
It was a near-perfect performance from Ceballos, who also set up Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenals opening goal in the first-half and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangs after the break.

Key Talking Point
Burnleys pressing game caused Arsenal all sorts of problems throughout the match, offering other teams in the Premier League a template of how to play at Emirates Stadium.
While ultimately it wasnt enough to come away from north London with at least a point, that was largely as a result of leaving too much space for Arsenal to attack in wide areas.
Erik Pieters and Dwight McNeil were being caught out time after time throughout the first-half, while the introduction of Nicolas Pépé for Arsenal at half-time created more space for the hosts across Burnleys back four.

Player Ratings
Pope (6); Lowton (6), Tarkowski (8), Mee (6), Pieters (5); Gudmundsson (6), Cork (7), Westwood (6), McNeil (5); Wood (6), Barnes (8).
Substitutes: Rodriguez (6), Lennon (6).

Star Man
Scoring 12 goals in the calendar year already, Ashley Barnes has now scored in his last three appearances against Arsenal, once again causing the Gunners problems with his smart movement and fantastic positional play.
That Man Ashley Barnes is the new Who Else But Glenn Murray

— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) August 17, 2019
Ashley Barnes for the Golden Boot. What a league 

— Frank Crivello (@FTC_21) August 17, 2019
The 29-year-old needed a slice of luck to get his name on the scoresheet at Emirates Stadium, but it was a goal that was made possible thanks to his positioning in between two Arsenal defenders.
Ultimately Barnes found himself on the losing side, but he once again showed that Arsenal cant handle him and why hes continuing to lead the line for Dyches Burnley. 

Looking Ahead
Arsenal will be looking for some much-needed rest before travelling to face Liverpool next week, while the first north London derby of the season is also just around the corner.
Burnley, meanwhile, return to Turf Moor looking to make it two wins from two at home when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Lancashire on Sunday.