Premier League 2018-19, Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: 5 Talking Points
Arsenal held off some stern resistance from the Clarets to emerge 3-1 winners. The game had an edge to it throughout and served up tasty affair with tackles flying in right, left and centre.
Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 14th minute after some excellent play by Ozil and Kolasinac. The Gunners went in a goal ahead at halftime and looked re-energised after the break.
Aubameyang added his second of the game in the 48th minute when he finished off a flowing counter-attacking move initiated by Kolasinac.
However, the home side were pegged back a little when Barnes made it 2-1 with 63 minutes on the clock.
Yet, it was the Gunners who had the last laugh as Iwobi scored in stoppage time to kill off Burnley and get the Gunners level on points with Chelsea.
Here are five talking points from the game:
#5 Arsenal finally lead at half-time
The Gunners have enjoyed a resurgence since Unai Emery took over in the summer. They have given a better account of themselves in the attacking third while their new-found resilience has been refreshing for the Emirates faithful.
However, despite enjoying a decent season under the Spaniard, Arsenal were yet to lead at half-time in the Premier League. And thankfully for the Gooners, they put that fact to bed on Saturday afternoon.
The game started off brightly with both teams according to the other an opportunity to go ahead early. For the home side, Aubameyang came close but his attempt was heroically blocked on the line by Tarkowski.
Moments later though, the Clarets were guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity when Westwood scuffed his goal-bound attempt.
As the game settled down, Arsenal were able to weave pretty patterns in the Burnley half and put the away side under pressure.
The Clarets’ defence finally gave way in the 14th minute when Ozil played a sumptuous defence-splitting ball to Kolasinac. The Bosnian squared the ball to Aubameyang who volleyed it with the outside of his boot and made the net bulge.
The Gunners then staved off some physical barrages from the away side, with Sokratis leading from the back. Despite ruffling Arsenal’s feathers, Burnley could never conjure anything of note in the first period and deservedly went into the tunnel trailing.
For all of the Gunners’ resistance this season, they rarely got into a situation where they could control games early. Thus, Emery would’ve been glad that his team could finally get ahead and maintain a lead at the break.
Arsenal faces an uphill task to reclaim their Champions League spot and if they consistently fall behind at halftime, their task would only become harder.
Hence, with the monkey off their back now, they would hope that they can continue more of the same and go into half-time leading more often than not.