Xhaka’s blunder costs Arsenal

Arsenal’s inconsistent performances in the league continued as the played out a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor after taking an early lead in the game. Arteta’s men were guilty of missing a hatful of chances as Burnley stood firm to snatch a point after Xhaka’s blunder gifted them the equaliser.

Arsenal got off to the perfect start as their captain Aubameyang opened the scoring in 6th minute as the Gabonese fired his shot low into the bottom-left corner. The Gunners were in the ascendancy and controlled the game by dominating possession.

Saka missed a glorious chance to double Arsenal’s lead after playing a one-two with Aubameyang, but steered his effort wide off the post with just the goalkeeper to beat. Partey followed up with a similar effort by smashing his effort over the bar from the edge of the box after being found by Odegaard.

Just when Arsenal looked more likely to score their second goal, Burnley were gifted a goal by Granit Xhaka, who slammed his clearance from inside the box on to Chris Wood, only to see the ball travel into the back of the net. The hosts finished the half with another shot on target as Vydra drew a decent save from Leno.

Arsenal started the second half with an increased intensity as Saka troubled the hosts twice in the opening ten minutes. The Gunners were left stunned after they were denied a penalty for handball against Pieters, who dangled his arm against Pepe’s shot. Although VAR had a lengthy look at the incident, the penalty appeal was waived away.

Pieters almost gave Burnely the lead after launching a volley towards to the top corner, only to see Leno backpedal and tip it over the bar. Leno was called into action right away a minute later as he spread himself wide to block Wood’s effort from 12 yards out.

Nicolas Pepe missed the game’s best chance in the 81st minute after failing to connect Tierney’s low cross in the six-yard box. Ceballos, who came on Partey, almost won the game for Arsenal with the last kick of the game, but saw his effort strike the post.

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