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Arsenal v Burnley Live Commentary, 17/08/2019

2 - 1
A. Lacazette (13)
P. Aubameyang (64)
A. Barnes (43)
Emirates Stadium


That concludes our Premier League coverage of the fixture between Arsenal and Burnley! We hope you enjoyed it!
Arsenal are in action next week, when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday. Burnley will be trying to get back to winning ways on the same day against Wolves.
Arsenal make it two wins on the bounce to start the season as they manage to get past Burnley 2-1 in their first home match of the campaign. An early Lacazette goal was cancelled out in the first half by a fortuitous Barnes finish; his third goal of the 2019/20 season but Ceballos’ second assist of the match sealed the three points for the Gunners, after winning possession off Gudmundsson and pushing it ahead for Aubameyang to score his seventh goal in four matches against Burnley. Arsenal looked free-flowing in attack - thanks primarily to the brilliant play of Ceballos - but always appeared shaky defending aerial balls in their own box, and often passing it around their 18 dangerously. Burnley looked to lose steam fast in the second half and will be disappointed with the result after entering the interval level. They just lacked that little bit of creativity in the final third which made all the difference. 
A. Barnes
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Barnes is shown a very late yellow card for a collision with Kolasinac in midfield during a Burnley attack.
90' + 3' McNeil swings a corner kick into the penalty area with Pope waiting in the six-yard box, but Rodriguez’s acrobatic attempt is the wrong choice as it flies wide for a goal-kick.
David Luiz
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Sokratis is shown a late yellow card for a foul in midfield which slows the tempo of the match.
89' The fourth official indicates an additional four minutes at the end of the match for stoppages. 
87' Ceballos is just the third Arsenal player to register 2+ assists on his first Premier League start for the Gunners, after Ray Parlour and Mkhitaryan
85' Burnley are coming forward at every opportunity, but Arsenal are continuously hoofing the ball back down the pitch - forcing their opponents to start from the beginning. The visitors haven’t looked dangerous in the second half, which has been slightly disappointing considering their positive first period.
L. Torreira
Dani Ceballos
83' Ceballos has had a fantastic match, tallying up two assists in 83 minutes. He will be replaced before the end of the game by Torreira.
81' Instead of going direct, McNeil clips it forward for Tarkowski and Mee, but Guendouzi’s slide to block the delivery pops the ball up perfectly for Leno to dive and catch.
79' David Luiz concedes a free-kick just outside the Arsenal penalty area after nudging Barnes during a battle to win a high ball. Can Burnley capitalise with just over 10 minutes left?
78' Guendouzi pushes forward and slips a wonderful ball through for the run of Kolasinac, but just before the full-back can centre a pass for Aubameyang, he is flagged for offside - bringing the attack to an abrupt halt.
76' Pepe decides to hit one himself from outside the penalty area, but the low, slow-rolling effort is far too easy for Pope to save.
74' Among the 56 players who’ve played 10 or more Premier League games for Burnley, goalkeeper Nick Pope is the only one to have won more games than he’s lost for the Clarets in the competition (14 wins, 11 defeats).
A. Lennon
J. Guðmunds­son
72' Burnley respond with a change of their own as Lennon is introduced for Gudmundsson.
S. Kolašinac
A. Lacazette
71' Emery looks to close out the match as he withdraws a striker - replacing Lacazette with Kolasinac.
68' Burnley are going to have to chase the game now, throwing caution to the wind as they search for an equaliser. It’s a dangerous game to play with Pepe on the pitch stretching play, as the counter-attack always poses a significant threat.
66' Dyche looks likely to change things as Lennon is up and going through his paces. Burnley have looked somewhat lacklustre in the second half as tired legs begin to set in. Perhaps the former Everton winger will do the trick.
Dani Ceballos
64' Ceballos’ second assist of the day is a credit to his industry as he wins possession off Gudmundsson in the Burnley half - pushing it ahead perfectly for the run of Aubameyang. 
P. Aubameyang
64' ARSENAL RETAKE THE LEAD THROUGH AUBAMEYANG! Ceballos pokes the ball off Gudmundsson and right into the path of the Gabon international, who picks up possession and charges towards the penalty area, firing it low into the bottom-left corner! The hosts go ahead once again!
63' Ceballos takes up his normal spot on the edge of the penalty area and once again tries to curl a shot past Pope - but the goalkeeper flies into action, pushing it out for a corner. 
J. Rodriguez
C. Wood
61' Burnley make their first change of the match just after the hour as Rodriguez replaces Wood in attack.
60' Pepe pushes the ball through the Burnley defence for Aubameyang, but the striker’s quickly taken shot is beaten away by Pope whose intelligent save with his knee keeps the score level.
58' Arsenal’s short corner is wasted as the set-piece is taken to the outside of the penalty area for Maitland-Niles. The right-back tries for glory with an audacious long-range curler but misses the target by some distance.
56' Pepe displays his pace yet again as he collects the loose ball in midfield and powers towards the penalty area, finding Lacazette with a pass inside the 18. The striker is unable to recreate his earlier goal and fend off the defender as he has it poked away at the last moment.
54' Pepe runs free down the right and immediately cuts inside after receiving the ball, shaping to shoot before his angle is closed down. He shifts play to Ceballos, who himself rides a challenge in order to strike towards goal - but his effort is blocked heroically by a Burnley defender just inside his penalty area.
52' Arsenal are unable to clear their half as Burnley come forward once again. Lowton fashions a cross, looking for Barnes, but some calm defending from Maitland-Niles allows Leno to collect.
50' Aubameyang bends a cross to the far side of the penalty area for Lacazette, whose fantastic first touch places the ball beautifully ahead of him. His quick centring pass for Ceballos isn’t well disguised, however, as a defender immediately cuts it out.
48' Guendouzi is down clutching his back after taking Barnes’ knee in his lower back after an aerial duel. The young midfielder looks okay to continue after a moment, and play will be restarted with an Arsenal free-kick inside their own half.
46' Arsenal get the match restarted from the kick-off, level at 1-1! 
N. Pépé
R. Nelson
46' An Arsenal change at the half sees record signing Pepe enter the match in place of Nelson. 
Dyche will be extremely happy to enter half-time with a point, but will call on his midfield to be a tighter unit in shielding the back four. As legs begin to tire, Arsenal will have the upper hand as their explosive speed down the wings can be supplemented by the likes of new signing Pepe. Burnley will need to take full advantage of the corner and free-kicks they’re given, as it has provided their best opportunities in the first half.
The two sides enter the interval level at 1-1 after an entertaining first half in which a Lacazette goal from a corner was cancelled out late by a somewhat fortunate Barnes tap-in; his third goal of the campaign so far. Arsenal looked fantastic counter-attacking, displaying their pace in wide positions. They’ve looked to pass it out from the back via David Luiz which has worked thus far but has also allowed for some extremely nervy moments. The Gunners still don’t look convincing defensively, with set-pieces and crosses from wide positions constantly unsettling Leno and the backline.
45' ARSENAL HAVE SCORED BUT IT’S OFFSIDE! Arsenal look to take back the lead but Ceballos’ pass for Monreal is slightly too late, which allowed the full-back to stray just behind the last defender!
A. Barnes
43' BURNLEY HAVE RESTORED PARITY BEFORE THE INTERVAL! 1-1! McNeil has a strike at goal which is blocked in the penalty area by Guendouzi. The ricochet falls extremely fortunately to an unmarked Barnes, who easily taps it past the splayed Leno!
40' GREAT REACTION SAVE FROM POPE! Arsenal play around the Burnley press which allows Ceballos free passage through the midfield. He shifts it to his right just ahead of the penalty area for Guendouzi; whose low strike is kicked away Pope’s quick foot-save.
P. Aubameyang
Yellow Card
38' Aubameyang is booked for blocking a Burnley free-kick, as he was not 10 yards away. It’s a silly booking for the Gabon international, who will have to be cautious in the remaining 50 minutes.
35' Nelson bursts through unmarked and fires a shot from the edge of the penalty area, which Pope greets with two closed palms. The save is unconvincing as it’s parried right into the midriff of Mee, who has just enough time to take a settling touch before blasting it away.
33' At the Emirates, Arsenal have won all seven games against Burnley, scoring 21 goals and conceding just four; the only team the Gunners have faced more often at home since 2006-07 and won each game against is Stoke City (10 wins in 10 games).
31' Gudmundsson’s corner from the right-hand side forces Leno to come out and punch once again, though the goalkeeper has less difficulty on this occasion as he does just enough with his firsts to keep it away from his goal.
29' Ceballos wins a free-kick but gets the home support on their feet after a lovely bit of skill to hold off the pressing Burnley midfield and keep possession. He looks a very creative player and has impressed in his first Arsenal start.
27' Gudmundsson fires in a sweeping left-foot cross which finds McNeil at the far post completely unmarked. Maitland-Niles does just enough to put it out for a corner, but Arsenal’s defending from wide deliveries has been slightly suspect in the opening 30 minutes.
25' Willock plays a lazy pass in midfield which is intercepted by Cork, who takes a couple of steps before firing a shot at Leno - though David Luiz’s perfect positioning allows him to take the sting out of the shot entirely.
23' A short corner taken by Arsenal allows Nelson to pick up possession on the edge of Burnley’s penalty area, but a misplaced one-two pass with David Luiz allows the visitors to whack the ball away.
21' Willock comes forward down the right but opts for a poor cross which is hit behind Lacazette. Tarkowski is alert to the danger and manages to step in first, clearing it back into Arsenal’s half.
19' Burnley have another corner, this time finding Mee in the six-yard box. Leno comes out to punch, but it’s a weak effort which causes a scramble in front of goal. An Arsenal defender gets the last touch to it, clearing it away definitively - saving the goalkeeper’s blushes.
17' Tarkowski meets an inswinging corner at the far post and turns it towards Barnes in the six-yard box. The striker pokes it on, forcing a great punch-save from Leno. It wouldn’t have mattered, however, as the fourth official’s flag was raised immediately for offside.
15' Burnley are immediately up against it as they’ve gone down by a goal in the first 15 minutes of the match. Known better as a side who know how to hold a lead - how will Dyche’s men respond when chasing the game?
A. Lacazette
13' LACAZETTE PUTS ARSENAL AHEAD 1-0! Ceballos’ corner is controlled extremely well by the French striker who fends off both Mee and Pieters before turning and firing an off-balance shot towards Pope which squeaks through between the goalkeeper's legs!
Dani Ceballos
13' Ceballos’ well-taken corner proves to be the assist for Lacazette’s strike; Ceballos’ first Arsenal goal contribution in his first start.
11' Mee is called for a handball on the right-hand side of his own penalty area. Ceballos clips it in, but Pieters pops it up with a clearing header. It’s immediately played back into the penalty area for Lacazette, whose attempted header is saved brilliantly by Pope. 
9' Ceballos takes Arsenal’s first corner of the match, finding Lacazette at the near post. The striker gets a touch to it, but it flicks off of Lowton’s head and out for a second set-piece in quick succession.
7' Arsenal look intent on playing it out from the back, with each Leno goal-kick taken short - most often to David Luiz. The Gunners will be looking to the recent arrival to start attacks from defence, but Burnley’s high line has forced their opponents into a number of dangerous moments in front of their own penalty area.
5' Willock charges towards the penalty area and eventually sees his leading pass for Lacazette intercepted by Mee. The young midfielder had Aubameyang to his right, but he opted for the more ambitious pass through the heart of Burnley’s defence.
3' Gudmundsson breaks free down the right after a great bit of hold-up play from Wood, but the eventual cross into the penalty area is too high for Cork - which allows Maitland-Niles to get a headed clearance to it.
1' Burnley get the match underway from the kick-off!
In the Premier League, Arsenal have won their last nine games against Burnley – they have only had longer runs against Man City (11 between 1994 and 2004) and Newcastle United (10 between 2012 and 2017).
Dyche’s 3-0 start to the 2019/20 Premier League season was extremely positive, and as a result the manager trots the same starting XI out for the second match in a row. Pope continues in goal shielded by a defence of Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee and Pieters. Gudmundsson and McNeil will play the flanks either side of Westwood and Cork, while Wood partners Barnes in attack; the latter looking to add to his two goals.
Arsenal make three changes from the side that narrowly beat Newcastle 1-0 last week, with Emery giving two players their first start. In defence, Chambers is replaced by former Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, while on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos replaces Xhaka beside Guendouzi. In attack - Lacazette gets the start ahead of Mkhitaryan. Youngster Willock retains his place just behind the striker, which is due in part to the continued absence of Mesut Ozil following an illness.
BURNLEY SUBS: Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, Charlie Taylor, Ben Gibson, Joe Hart, Jay Rodriguez.
BURNLEY XI (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters; Johann Gudmundsson, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil; Chris Wood, Ashley Barnes.
ARSENAL SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Lucas Torreira, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Sead Kolasinac, Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
ARSENAL XI (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Nacho Monreal, Sokratis, David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson; Alexandre Lacazette.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at the team news, starting with Arsenal! 
Burnley got their season started with a first Premier League win in five matches, hammering Southampton 3-0. Ashley Barnes’ seven-minute double secured the three points for Sean Dyche on opening day, but their opponents today will provide a much sterner test - especially considering Arsenal have beaten the Clarets 10 times in a row in all competitions.
Arsenal got their new season underway last week with a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle, which saw Unai Emery’s side earn their first Premier League clean sheet since a win over Watford in April. If the hosts can keep a cool head while defending their own goal, their attack should be capable of challenging for the top four. With a David Luiz debut looking likely, the manager will be hoping he will use his experience to shore up the back.
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