Aubameyang bags winner against battling Burnley
A hard-fought 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium sees Arsenal win their first two Premier League games for the first time since 2009
17 August, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
ARSENAL 2 (Lacazette 13, Aubameyang 64)
BURNLEY 1 (Barnes 43)
UNAI Emery called for calm after seeing Arsenal win their first two Premier League games for the first time in a decade this afternoon (Saturday).
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the Gunners follow up their opening day victory at Newcastle with a 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. It’s the first time the club has started a league campaign with successive victories since 2009.
Emery, however, isn’t getting carried away as he now prepares his charges for one of the biggest tests they will face this season – a trip to Anfield on Saturday to tackle Liverpool.
“We have 36 matches to play. We’ve started with two victories and last season we started with two defeats so we’re doing well,” said the Arsenal head coach.
“Our challenge is each match. We are happy we have six points but next week we are going to play against Liverpool, and it’s a big challenge. Being in this position is better but the difficulties come in each match. One match at a time.
“We want to be competitive and consistent in our way, and at the moment we did that in the two matches. But we know we need everybody to be competitive individually and improve in each match and in each training session.
“Let’s be positive and realistic – it’s going to be difficult. Let’s enjoy each moment.”
The Gunners handed full debuts to David Luiz and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos against Burnley, while youngsters Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi again started in midfield. The club’s £72m record-signing Nicolas Pepe started on the bench, but did impress when he emerged for the second half.
The hosts needed just 13 minutes to find the back of the net. Ceballos swung in a corner that landed at Lacazette’s feet six-yard from goal, and the French striker held off Erik Pieters before twisting and firing in a low shot that went between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Burnley always looked dangerous, and pulled the scores level two minutes before the break. Dwight McNeil’s deflected pass fell invitingly for Ashley Barnes, who calmly tucked the ball home from close range.
Emery’s side saw an immediate response ruled out for offside. Nelson added the finishing touches to a slick passing move with a rocket finish into the roof of the net, but replays showed Nacho Monreal was narrowly offside before pulling the ball back to the Arsenal youngster.
The Gunners kept pressing, and found their winner in the 64th minute when Ceballos capped a man-of-the-match display by winning the ball in the Burnley half and finding Aubameyang, who beat Pope with a fine shot into the bottom corner.
ARSENAL: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Sokratis, Monreal, Guendouzi, Nelson (Pepe, 45), Willock, Ceballos (Torreira, 83), Lacazette (Kolasinac, 71), Aubameyang
Substitutes not used: Martínez, Chambers, Mkhitaryan, Martinelli Silva
BURNLEY: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Cork, Westwood, Gudmundsson (Lennon, 73), McNeilc Wood (Rodriguez, 61), Barnes
Substitutes not used: Hart, Gibson, Taylor, Bardsley, Hendrick