Ceballos Controls Clarets
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
Arsenal got off to the quick start they needed, with Lacazette getting the goal; with his back to goal (and defenders in tow) he swiveled whilst falling to get a finish away – nut megging keeper Nick Pope for the goal. Burnley equalised before the break through Ashley Barnes with Arsenal’s back four looking nervous and disorganised.
Arsenal came back after the break holding onto the ball a lot better and knocking it around quicker. Nick Pope stood firm in goal making some good saves, but was eventually beaten by that man Aubameyang after good work from Cebbalos winning back possession to assist the goal.
- Aubameyang and Lacazette have started where they finished last season both grabbing goals here.
David Luiz started his first game in an Arsenal shirt looking strong at the back, some nice passing and even rallying the fans towards the end.
- Cebbalos was outstanding throughout. MOTM
- Pepe looked good in small patches with glimpses of skill and working hard to get the ball back.
- More energy on the side lines from Unai Emery, lovely after so many years to see such passion from the manager.
- Arsenal constantly struggled to play out from the back and were putting themselves under unnecessary pressure.
- They were too slow in the first half knocking the ball around, although improved second half.
- Leno was too slow releasing the ball which allowed Burnley to reorganise each time.
- Arsenal allowed Burnley too much time on the ball and allowed to many deliveries into the box.
Man of the match
Dani Cebbalos controlled the game from the start to his substitution in the 82nd minute. He was exciting throughout with skill, moving forward, nice link up play and had a hand in both goals. Working hard throughout, he fought to win the ball back which led to the winning goal. He had the fans on their feet each time he received the ball: he won’t need any time to get used to the pace of the premier league. Very similar player to Santi Cazorla in the way he moves around the pitch. Very exciting player and one to keep an eye on.
Arsenal have got two wins from their opening games for the first time in 10 years. They haven’t played overly well but still have 6 points. It is the sign of a good team to get results whilst not fully performing. As the new players integrate into the squad and players come back from injury, Arsenal look to be an exciting looking team this season with a bit more grit throughout.