English Premier League
Result: Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
Date: 17 August 2019
Venue: Emirates Stadium
African superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang maintained his good start to the season after netting the winner to guide Arsenal to victory over Burnley.
The Gunners made three changes from their narrow victory over Newcastle United, with newcomers David Luiz and Dani Ceballos getting their first starts, while Alexander Lacazette returned to the line-up.
Lacazette made an instant impact as he opened the scoring for the hosts in the 13th minute, after turning and firing a low shot between goalkeeper Nick Pope’s legs inside the box, following a corner by Ceballos.
Unai Emery’s army had chances to get a two-goal cushion on counter-attack though and their best chance came five minutes before the break after Matteo Guendouzi was offered space inside the box to take strike at goal but his low shot was brilliantly saved by Pope with his left-leg.
That miss proved to be costly as Burnley were quick in transitions as Ashley Barnes eventually levelled matters three minutes later with a toe-poke past shot-stopper Bernd Leno, following a quick break-attack.
The London-based side came out with positive energy in their attacks from the break after summer club-record signing Nicolas Pepe was introduced in place of Nelson while Aubameyang almost restored their lead five minutes inside the second stanza, with a curling strike from the edge of the box that missed the top corner by a whisker.
However, after being denied by Pope with his second chance on the hour-mark, the Gabon international finally restored the lead for Arsenal in the 64th minute, with a cracking strike from outside the box that found the bottom corner after some good work by Ceballos in the build-up.
The Clarets were not finding opportunities to hit the hosts on counter-attacks in the closing phases and were resorting to long balls into the danger area but the Gunners managed to keep them out, with a reinforced defence.
Lucas Torreira almost made it 3-1 for the Arsenal in the last minute shortly after coming on for Ceballos but his shot was brilliantly saved by Pope, but it did not matter in the end as the hosts held on for their second consecutive victory.
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