Given the doom and gloom that has surrounded Arsenal’s first month of the season, you’d think Mikel Arteta would be delighted with any win right now. Do the results against Burnley and Norwich – two clubs without a win this season – change Arsenal fans’ mood? Possibly not. The nature of the performances will also be less than compelling.
But there came a point in the second half when a raucous Turf Moor crowd began to cheer Burnley and the hosts threw everything at Arsenal when you started to wonder when the visitors would collapse and upset the English Premier League betting odds yet again. In the end, they held out and managed all three points, and in large part due to Gabriel’s outstanding performance at the back. More detailed EPL results, news and odds are found on Vwin, the top sportsbook in Asia.
However, the present iteration of Arteta’s Arsenal would not be complete without at least one terrifying moment. A poorly-weighted ball from Ben White enabled Matej Vydra to slip in on goal as Burnley increased their pressure heading into the final quarter. Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot where Aaron Ramsdale made contact. However, the VAR review revealed that Ramsdale had the ball shortly before making contact with Vydra, which appeared to slow down Burnley and allowed Arsenal to reclaim a sliver of control and hold on.
However, from Arteta’s and Arsenal’s perspective, the goal was well worth the wait when it finally arrived. In the opening 30 minutes, neither side had shown much imagination, but Bukayo Saka’s excellent drive into the middle of the Burnley midfield forced Ashley Westwood to chop the England international down and get a yellow card.
And Martin Odegaard made no mistake with a perfect shot to Nick Pope’s right post from the free-kick. It was Odegaard’s first goal since joining Arsenal on a permanent basis, but the visitors’ emphasis had to shift to the other end of the field almost soon after half-time. Burnley came out the stronger of the two teams, firing crosses in plenty at Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes.
Arsenal, on the other hand, stayed strong, particularly Gabriel, who is becoming the rock Arteta’s defence has been crying out for. Arteta said of the Brazilian:
“He’s a player with an incredible future and he’s already given us a lot.”
However, he stood by as White’s poor pass let Ramsdale down, and when Vydra fell after colliding with Ramsdale, it appeared that Arsenal’s hard work up to that moment had been undone. However, replays revealed that Ramsdale had made contact with the ball, meaning Arsenal could breathe. Burnley manager Sean Dyche readily conceded:
“The keeper does get a touch on it, so in theory that doesn’t get given,”
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He’ll have been buoyed by his team’s tenacity and endeavour in their pursuit of an equalizer, but the Vydra incident was the closest they got to unsettling a Gunners defence that was not in the mood to be broken. This performance has given Dyche and Burnley reason to be optimistic, not least because of Cornet’s energetic introduction off the bench.
However, as Arteta would confirm, there is only one thing that makes a Premier League manager genuinely happy, and that is winning games. The Spaniard will be eager to forget after a month, and he will now hope that the tide is steadily shifting in his and his side’s favour.
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