Arsenal 2-1 Burnley Review – A solid victory from a difficult test

Here is my review and my player ratings for Saturday’s game. by Alfie

FT: ARSENAL 2-1 BURNLEY – Ultimately, a solid victory from a difficult test.

Burnley’s physicality and direct approach caused us problems throughout, but, like last season, we were just about able to cope with this and grind out a result. We struggled throughout the first half, with Sean Dyche’s men’s relentless crosses and forceful deliveries into the box resulting in several uneasy and nervy moments for us defensively. David Luiz was mostly up to test, commanding most aerial duels, but Leno often looked uncomfortable when trying to dominate his box- a timely reminder that this is an area of his game still needing improvement. We had our moments: a Lacazette header well saved by Pope which saw him open the scoring excellently from the resultant corner, as well as shots saved from Nelson and Guendouzi and a goal correctly ruled out by VAR from the former. However, the first half our play did not contain the intensity levels we may have hoped for and we struggled to really control the period in the absence of Granit Xhaka.

The second period was much improved, with Burnley themselves unable to exert the same pressure they had in the first, and we controlled and dictated the game much more easily. At the heart of this, the impressive Dani Ceballos ran the show, twisting and turning inside and out of Burnley’s rigid structure, creating for himself and his team-mates. Pope made a string of saves which kept Burnley in the game before Aubameyang eventually gave us all 3 points with a fine finish, created by Ceballos’ tenacity. Although there were a few nervy moments, we essentially saw the game out with relative ease. Another win, but a lot to ponder for Unai Emery ahead of our trip to Anfield.

PLAYER RATINGS vs Burnley:

0️⃣1️⃣ Leno 6

1️⃣5️⃣ Maitland-Niles 6

0️⃣5️⃣ Sokratis 7

2️⃣3️⃣ Luiz 7

1️⃣8️⃣ Monreal 7

2️⃣9️⃣ Guendouzi 6

2️⃣8️⃣ Willock 7

0️⃣8️⃣ Ceballos 9

2️⃣4️⃣ Nelson 5

1️⃣4️⃣ Aubameyang 8

0️⃣9️⃣ Lacazette 7 –

1️⃣9️⃣ Pépé 7

3️⃣1️⃣ Kolasinac 6

1️⃣1️⃣ Torreira n/a –

Tell me your thoughts below and if you don’t understand some of my ratings, ask below and I’ll give some justification….

Alfie Culshaw

Updated: August 19, 2019 — 5:34 am

11 Comments

  1. Lacazette 7?The one who got away from the middle of 3 deffenders and scored a goal

    1. He disappeared after the initial 20 minutes, The goal is the only reason he even got a 7.

    2. You fellas got to admit, that was one world class goal though!

  2. Considering Luiz and Socratis had just been put together and we had ‘casual’ AMN and Monreal as full backs we did well. When we attacked we looked more likely to score than with when we play with Xhaka who slows our game down too . Ceballos moves forward with purpose, meaning and speed. So much better than the slow and wasteful Xhaka.

    1. when xhaka is fit,he will always start,leave all these complains alone.

      1. simon
        Please interperet what you are saying. ‘leave all these complaints alone’. What does that mean. It has no meaning. If you meant my post by saying ‘all these complaints’,I thought it was the opposite of a complaint. It’s obvious I was praising the team. Are you being defensive towards Xhaka, or maybe you are just confused? You articulate poorly.

      2. simon

        Please interperet what you are saying. ‘leave all these complaints alone’. What does that mean. It has no meaning. If you meant my post by saying ‘all these complaints’,I thought it was the opposite of a complaint. It’s obvious I was praising the team. Are you being defensive towards Xhaka, or maybe you are just confused? You articulate poorly.

      3. Chala and Micky. We get rig of these two, we will end 2-3 in the too

  3. our defense is still the problem though. the ability to read a pass or move before it occurs is the issue which kosceinly is good at but no longer an arsenal player.
    i am not comfortable which chambers. u pushes opponents with his hand even in the 18 yard box.
    liuz is good but usually does not contest every ball that is thrown into our goal.

  4. We didn’t miss Xhaka, Willock is more than capable of taking his place for good,that’s the only issue i have with your article admin.

  5. Nice little article and agree but for two points…

    Firstly I have no confidence Xhaka would have controlled the midfield any better than guys on the pitch – on the contrary I believe he would have misplaced dangerous passes in effort to play our way out of the back!

    Secondly I would have given a 7 to Guendouzi and 6 to Wilock. Wilock is learning and still impressed and believe he will be very useful but I thought he struggled large part of first half to find his positioning and rhythm in passing!

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