Arsenal’s season went from poor to dreadful as captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own-goal and the Gunners have been lowered to 10 males in a 1-0 loss to Burnley within the Premier League on Sunday.
Aubameyang had been trying to finish his purpose drought, however on the different finish of the sphere at Emirates Stadium. The striker, nevertheless, headed the ball into his personal internet whereas defending a Burnley nook within the 73rd minute.
But Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta is below growing strain with his workforce 15th within the 20-team division with 13 factors from 12 video games 4 factors greater than Burnley which climbed out of the relegation zone.
Arsenal was already down a person after Granit Xhaka was despatched off for violent conduct within the 58th following a VAR test and a assessment by the referee on the sidelines. Xhaka had grabbed Ashley Westwood by the throat and pushed him to the bottom after a problem on one other participant.
Arteta mentioned that Xhaka’s behaviour was unacceptable, particularly at a time when Arsenal was lastly gaining a foothold within the match.
He’s made a mistake clearly, Arteta mentioned. We made the match harder and also you give the opponents an opportunity.
The Gunners have been fortunate not to be down to 9 males after VAR deemed that Mohamed Elneny wasn’t responsible of violent conduct simply earlier than the nook was taken that led to the purpose. Replays confirmed Elneny showing to push defender James Tarkowski within the face. He ended up with a yellow card as an alternative.
The Gunners have now misplaced 4 consecutive house league video games.
Arsenal struggled to break down Burnley’s resilient defence within the first half and, when the Gunners did handle to break away, they could not make it rely.
The house sides clearest likelihood got here within the 28th when Arsenal carved via Burnley’s defence and went 5 on three. A cross from left-back Kieran Tierney discovered ahead Alexandre Lacazette, whose low shot compelled save from goalkeeper Nick Pope.
Burnley additionally had alternatives to go forward, profiting from a shaky Arsenal backline. The largest second got here within the 13th minute when the guests launched a fast counterattack down the suitable and a diagonal cross was headed simply broad of the put up by ahead Chris Wood.
Arsenals overreliance on crosses into the field to create probabilities, lots of them poor efforts, hasn’t paid off.
Aubameyang hasn’t scored for Arsenal since Nov. 1, when he transformed a penalty towards Manchester United in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Burnley put Arsenal below strain at occasions with a excessive press. A nervy house facet discovered it troublesome to get via strong workforce defending by Burnley.
Arsenal began to seize the match within the 50th and had a number of probabilities to rating.
But Arsenal shortly surrendered their dominance when Xhaka was despatched off for violent conduct. Xhaka was initially proven a yellow card after a problem on Dwight McNeil. But different gamers surrounded the Switzerland worldwide and replays confirmed that Xhaka put his arms round Westwood’s throat and pushed him to the bottom.
After VAR appeared on the incident, referee Graham Scott reviewed the incident on a TV display on the sidelines and despatched off Xhaka.
Xhaka has fouled Dwight and gripped him after which he is put his arms on me and you may’t try this in right this moment’s recreation, Westwood mentioned after the match.
Arsenal followers shall be questioning why Arteta didn’t identify Mesut Ozil in his 25-man Premier League squad because the troubles have mounted within the workforce.
The gamers’ self-discipline has additionally develop into a problem as Xhaka’s crimson card was the second in 4 league matches. Nicolas Pepe was despatched off for violent conduct towards Leeds for a headbutt, and the Burnley match was the final of his three-match ban.