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It’s 1-0 to the Arsenal again as they squeeze out win at Burnley

18 September, 2021 — By Richard Osley

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ARSENAL won a match against Burnley in a way that teams like Burnley sometimes win matches against Arsenal.

The Gunners left Turf Moor this afternoon with victory thanks to a solitary goal – a curling free kick from summer signing Martin Odegaard – but spent most of the 90 minutes pushing away the home side’s crosses and wayward shots.

They soaked up the pressure, which in all honesty didn’t amount to too much, and looked happy that the old ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ song could be chanted by fans on the away home.

If Burnley, a team already looking fit for relegation, had bounced in an undeserved equaliser then Mikel Arteta would have wanted to turn off his phone for the rest of the weekend, however. It’s a flip of the coin when the margin between winning and losing is so slim –and after losing the first three Premier League matches, only a win would convince supporters that things can get better under the inexperienced manager.

Arteta will feel justified – and happy with himself – then for picking Aaron Ramsdale in goal over Bernd Leno in goal. Leno pulls off some fine saves as a shot-stopper but against the Burnley bruisers – that’s the Sean Dyche way – Ramsdale brought some big man assurance when the corners and crosses were pelted towards the box.

In the second half, it looked like he had conceded a penalty but Ramsdale had actually brilliantly toe-poked the ball away from Matej Vydra as the Burnley forward raced clear.

Overall, it was a cautious performance from an attacking line-up. This was after a win against a team now in the bottom two spots in the division; the other being Norwich, who Arsenal also bested by only a single goal last week.

This weekend at least the one goal was one to savour. Burnley had made problems for themselves with a poor clearance on the half hour mark, eventually allowing Bukayo Saka a run at the box. James Tarkowski gambled on giving a free kick away.

It proved to be a costly decision. Odegaard took a couple of steps before lifting it over the wall and past the desperate wave of Nick Pope.

From then on the message to Burnley was ‘try and break us down’, which Dyche’s men simply did not have the wit or imagination to even come close to doing.

There were a few sparky breaks from Arsenal but nothing much better than Emile Smith Rowe’s tame shot after a decent exchange of passes.

BURNLEY: Pope, Lowton, Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil, Gudmundsson (Cornet 57), Barnes (Vydra 57) , Wood
SUBS NOT USED: Bardsley, Collins, Cork, Hennessey, Lennon, Pieters, Rodriguez

ARSENAL: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, Tierney (Tavares 78), Gabriel, White, Partey (Maitland-Niles 78), Odegaard, Saka, Smith Rowe (Lokonga 61, Pepe, Aubameyang
SUBS NOT USED: Holding, Lacazette, Leno, Mari, Martinelli, Soares

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