Arsenal battle as 4/10 Xhaka arms Burnley draw and 5/10 Pepe highlights attacking woes

Arsenal battle as 4/10 Xhaka arms Burnley draw and 5/10 Pepe highlights attacking woes

Arsenal got here into their Premier League sport towards Burnley trying to construct on encouraging victories towards Leicester Metropolis and Benfica.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ensured that momentum continued when he scored inside six minutes, although an absolute stunning error from Granit Xhaka — when he tried to move the ball sideways in his personal six-yard field however solely succeeded in rebounding the ball off Chris Wooden and into the web — gifted an equaliser for Burnley earlier than half-time.

Regardless of each teams creating probabilities within the second and Arsenal piling on late strain, the rating remained 1-1.


The Gunners dominated giant durations of the primary half, taking part in some good football that was each aesthetically pleasing and efficient in creating probabilities. There was additionally loads to be thankful for relating to the team’s defensive work and there ought to be particular satisfaction with how Burnley’s aerial risk was handled. Arsenal confirmed defensive character to make sure the house aspect did not get a second once they have been put underneath strain within the second half.

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Even earlier than Xhaka’s howler, Arsenal had given the ball away in harmful areas a few instances — one thing that will have been punished by higher opposition — and there have been just a few instances the place the Gunners struggled to beat Burnley’s press.

There was additionally a persistent wastefulness in entrance of purpose, as Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pepe missed some good probabilities — Pepe particularly, when he miskicked from six yards out, was terrible. There will definitely be disappointment within the quantity of management Arsenal surrendered to Burnley within the second half.

Supervisor ranking out of 10

6 — Mikel Arteta appeared livid after Xhaka’s mistake value them the lead and it’s straightforward to see why contemplating how effectively all the things had been going earlier than then. Arteta made some modifications to show the tide and get Arsenal again within the lead, however his aspect could not overcome Burnley. There might be a lot frustration that the sport led to a draw regardless of the late strain.

Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)

GK Bernd Leno, 7 — Made some nice saves, particularly one from Wooden, and was dominant when claiming balls within the air. Had no likelihood of doing something about Burnley’s weird equaliser — for which no blame ought to be hooked up to the goalkeeper for passing to Xhaka, as he was merely doing what he was instructed to do.

DF Calum Chambers, 7 – Burnley appeared to get the ball behind Chambers just a few instances early on, however the Englishman was determined defensively. Additionally had his moments offensively, getting some good balls into the field.

DF David Luiz, 6 — Used his physique very effectively when defending and was good together with his distribution of the ball. There have been moments the place he rushed out of defence an excessive amount of and did not win the ball, nonetheless, and it almost value them.

DF Pablo Mari, 7 — Confirmed good anticipation and consciousness to snuff out hazard, whereas he additionally did effectively to largely overcome Wooden in bodily battles.

DF Kieran Tierney, 7 — Was usually dependable at left-back, whereas additionally getting ahead effectively and placing an opportunity on a plate for Pepe that ought to have earned him an help.

MF Thomas Partey, 7 — The midfielder was so composed on the ball always and he began the transfer for Arsenal’s opening purpose earlier than being taken off within the second half after trying drained.

Granit Xhaka was poor as Arsenal struggled once more. Jon Tremendous – Pool/Getty Photos

MF Granit Xhaka, 4 — Having already given the ball away in harmful areas just a few instances, Xhaka performed an absolute shocker of a move for Wooden’s equaliser. Gave a greater account of himself within the second half however did not redeem himself.

MF Bukayo Saka, 6 — Did present a risk down the suitable however missed an opportunity after some good hyperlink up play with Aubameyang, whereas a greater contact might have given him one other good likelihood after the striker performed him by. Booked for a foul on Charlie Taylor.

MF Martin Odegaard, 5 — The Norwegian confirmed some ingenuity in his play at instances, together with the move that created an opportunity for Partey. Nonetheless, he confirmed high quality in sporadic flashes, relatively than making his mark on the sport.

MF Willian, 7 — Has turned his kind round in latest instances and did effectively to arrange Aubameyang’s purpose. Nonetheless, he light out of the sport a bit within the second half.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 8 — The Gabon worldwide enjoys taking part in towards Burnley and took his document to eight objectives in seven video games towards the Clarets together with his opener. He linked the play brilliantly however did miss a half-chance when the rating was 1-0.


Alexandre Lacazette, 6 — Changed Odegaard within the 63rd minute and performed within the No. 10 function. He drew fouls from Burnley defenders and made a nuisance of himself within the Burnley field at instances.

Nicolas Pepe, 5 — Changed Willian within the 69th minute and missed a superb likelihood on the finish, although will really feel aggrieved that he did not win a penalty when the ball hit Erik Pieters on the arm and his later effort was cleared off the road by the identical participant, just for the referee to award a penalty and purple card, however noticed it rescinded when VAR intervened.

Dani Ceballos, N/A — Changed Partey within the 81st minute and smashed an effort towards the put up within the dying seconds.

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