Post-Match Report

Match report: Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

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Turf Moor
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Arsenal

WHAT HAPPENED

The first goalless draw of the Mikel Arteta era, but this was a tale of big chances squandered at both ends.

Burnley had more than their fair share of those, but it probably would have been a comfortable afternoon for us if our two most experienced strikers hadn't uncharacteristically squandered early opportunities.

Alex Lacazette nodded wide when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross found him completely free six yards out. And the captain himself got it wrong when put through by David Luiz's ball over the top.

Those misses sparked Burnley into life and they came right back into the match, Jay Rodriguez forcing a fine save from Bernd Leno.

Dwight McNeil and Jeff Hendrick went close too, and we looked stretched at times as the home side found time and space to test us with crosses from both flanks.

Lacazette was denied by last-ditch defending from James Tarkowski, Nick Pope came out quickly to stop Aubameyang, and our skipper went even closer in the second half with a firm header that flew just wide.

But Burnley would have been hard done by had they lost.

James Tarkowski and Rodriguez could - and perhaps should - have scored with headers, and Rodriguez somehow failed to score from close range when his volley crashed onto the bar and bounced down onto the line.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Get the full story of our trip to Turf Moor with our play-by-play updates

FOUR THINGS WE NOTICED

Drawing drawing Arsenal, misfiring Gunners, Bukayo KO and #250zil

WHAT IT MEANS


TEAM NEWS

Mikel Arteta made five changes from the team that started in the Emirates FA Cup at Bournemouth.

Aubameyang and David Luiz returned after serving suspensions, Bernd Leno was back in goal, Lacazette led the line and Mesut Ozil came in for his 250th Arsenal appearance.

Shkodran Mustafi was passed fit to play after shrugging off an ankle sprain.

Emi Martinez, Sokratis, Joe Willock, Eddie Nketiah and Nicolas Pepe made way, with Gabriel Martinelli joining Aubameyang and Lacazette in our front three.

WHAT’S NEXT

Our next Premier League game is in two weeks, against Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium.

Ahead of that we're heading to Dubai for warm-weather training.

 

 

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