Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal hung on to move level with fourth-placed Chelsea and leave Burnley in the Premier League bottom three at Christmas. Mesut Ozil – making a first start in six league matches – produced a sublime defence-splitting pass to Sead Kolasinac for Arsenal’s opener, with the defender picking out Aubameyang for his 11th league goal of the season. Remarkably, after 18 top-flight games, Arsenal led at the interval for the first time this season and it took the Gunners fewer than three second-half minutes to double the advantage, Aubameyang’s powerful finish completing a quick counter-attack. Burnley kept to their task though and Ashley Barnes brought the Clarets back into the contest on 63 minutes with a low finish after the home side failed to clear. The home fans grew increasingly nervous as Burnley pushed for an equaliser but Alex Iwobi scored from close range in stoppage-time to ensure the Gunners maintained their push for a Champions League spot.
Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley | English Premier League – Match Highlights
- 14′ 1 – 0 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal lead against Burnley after Ozil’s defence-splitting pass! A goal straight off the training ground! Brilliant from Mesut Ozil who produces an outrageous pass with the outside of his foot to Sead Kolasinac who cuts it back into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to produce a neat finish. Arsenal fans are singing. Burnley have a mountain to climb already.
- 48′ 2 – 0 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adds second, he scores twice to take over as league’s top scorer! Smashing finish! Burnley are caught cold after an attack goes wrong and Arsenal punish them on the counter with a terrific finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who lashes past Joe Hart. It’s a rocket shot from the Gabon striker but where was Burnley’s defending?
- 68′ 2 – 1 Ashley Barnes smashes in to give Clarets hope! Game on! An absolute gift for Burnley as shocking defending by Arsenal allows the visitors to haul themselves back into this. The Gunners have four or five chances to clear the ball before Ashley Barnes drills low and hard into the corner of the net.
- 90+1′ 3 – 1 Alex Iwobi adds late third! Game over! More magic from the boots of Mesut Ozil who goes past one challenge and another before his deflected pass falls to substitute Alex Iwobi to fire past Joe Hart. Was Iwobi offside? It’s tight but Kevin Friend allows the celebrations to continue.