This was Arsenal and Burnley’s first PL game since January 1st and January 2nd, respectively, following a number of postponements due to Covid-19. Despite the ‘Gunners’ controlling possession early on, Sean Dyche’s side began positively and had two opportunities within the first 10 minutes to take the lead. Dwight McNeil and Ben Mee came close as the ‘Clarets’ searched for goals without their all-time leading PL goalscorer Chris Wood, who joined relegation rivals Newcastle United this month..
Arsenal, though, looked a class above the league’s bottom-of-the-table side, and nearly broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Alexandre Lacazette tricked his way into the box, but the resulting shot failed to hit the target. The home side struggled to find a way through the Burnley defence for the remainder of the half, as the visitors ruffled Arsenal’s feathers by restricting their build-up play - the ‘Gunners’ seemingly unable to find a plan B.
On the stroke of HT, Bukayo Saka drilled an effort wide of the post, but Mikel Arteta’s side, who had scored 15 goals in their last five PL games, knew they needed to do a lot more to break the stubborn Burnley backline. Arsenal continued to probe after the break, and their best chance fell to Emile Smith Rowe, who latched onto a corner kick, forcing a low save from Nick Pope. The ‘Gunners’ started to smell blood as Lacazette fired another glorious chance wide moments later, to the dismay of fans inside the Emirates Stadium, who sensed it was only a matter of time before the ball hit the net.
Burnley managed to weather the storm, and, in the end, were able to ride out the game to secure a vital point on their road to PL survival. The result for Arsenal means they move up to sixth, at least for now. By contrast, the ‘Clarets’ remain four points from safety with a handful of games in hand.
Content created and supplied by: TAFITINEWS (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More