Arsenal suffered one other irritating afternoon as they have been held to a 1-1 draw away at Burnley.
The Gunners took an early lead by way of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and regarded in cruise management at Turf Moor within the first half.
However they have been unable to capitalise on their dominance earlier than a mix-up between Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka gave Burnley a comical equaliser.
From that time on, Arteta’s facet have been pegged again by Sean Dyche’s buoyed facet and have been unable to discover a winner.
They have been awarded a late penalty after Nicolas Pepe had a volley blocked by Erik Pieters on the road, however VAR rightly intervened after figuring out the ball had hit Pieters’ shoulder somewhat than his arm.
It summed up a day throughout which Arsenal have been all the time knocking on the door however unable to discover a method via.
Listed below are 5 speaking factors from a recreation Arsenal may – and maybe ought to – have received which leaves them nonetheless languishing in mid desk however in a position to take some positives.
1) Aubameyang loves enjoying Burnley
Burnley is also known as a recreation gamers dread – however not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Arsenal skipper opened the scoring by slicing inside and firing past Nick Pope on the close to publish after simply 5 minutes at Turf Moor.
It was an ideal tonic after Aubameyang’s personal purpose noticed the Gunners lose 1-0 when the perimeters met on the Emirates earlier this season.
And it additionally prolonged his outstanding file in opposition to Sean Dyche’s facet in terms of scoring on the proper finish.
Aubameyang has now scored eight objectives in simply seven Premier League video games in opposition to Burnley and can little doubt want he may play them extra typically.
2) Xhaka doesn’t love enjoying Burnley
If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang relishes dealing with Burnley, Granit Xhaka definitely doesn’t.
The Swiss midfielder has twice been despatched off in opposition to the membership for Arsenal.
And he endured extra distress as he was at fault for a comical Burnley equaliser.
Xhaka regarded composed in midfield alongside Thomas Partey as Arsenal dominated the primary half.
But he obtained the ball from Bernd Leno below stress in his personal field and fired the ball straight at Chris Wooden and into the Arsenal web.
It was a disastrous second for Arsenal which undid their good work and one other nightmare second for the under-fire Xhaka in opposition to Burnley, albeit with some blame additionally attributed to Leno.
By way of his wider future, it was one other second which raises query marks over Xhaka’s long-term position in Arteta’s challenge.
Because the begin of 2016-17, Xhaka has made extra errors resulting in objectives (8) than some other outfield participant within the Premier League.
Can he be relied on shifting forwards? Actually not in opposition to Burnley, it appears…
3) One other help for Willian
Willian’s assists are like London buses – you wait and what then two come directly!
However he then went three months with out scoring or organising a purpose as he got here in for intense criticism from some Arsenal followers.
But he got here off the bench to assist spark Arsenal’s comeback in opposition to Benfica within the Europa League, laying a easy cross for Kieran Tierney’s equaliser.
He then arrange David Luiz in opposition to Leicester final week to ship his first Premier League help of 2021.
And he acquired one other help to his title by liberating Aubameyang for his opener in opposition to Burnley.
It has taken him some time to get going, however Willian may lastly be discovering a task below Arteta as he goals to justify his big-money three-year deal.
4) Chambers’ return
That was the final time Calum Chambers began a Premier League recreation for Arsenal earlier than being thrust again into the facet in opposition to Burnley.
Chambers has develop into a forgotten man on the Emirates and endured damage hell when he ruptured his ACL in opposition to Chelsea final season while on mortgage at Fulham.
However he barely put a foot fallacious at Turf Moor as he was deployed at right-back.
With query marks over Hector Bellerin’s future, Chambers’ means to play at each right-back and centre-back might be helpful to Mikel Arteta shifting forwards.
His show in opposition to Burnley may have accomplished him no hurt and he’ll look to indicate he nonetheless has a future on the membership.
5) 50 up for Luiz and Saka
Bukayo Saka grew to become the second youngest participant to achieve 50 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, reaching the milestone barely later than Cesc Fabregas.
The 19-year-old virtually marked the event with a purpose after neat link-up play with Aubameyang earlier than firing extensive from shut vary within the first half.
There isn’t any doubt Saka has develop into a key determine for Arsenal.
However, whisper it quietly, the identical might be mentioned for David Luiz.
Luiz additionally introduced up his fiftieth Premier League look for Arsenal in opposition to Burnley.
He was a controversial signing from Chelsea and has had his ups and downs below Arteta.
In latest months, nonetheless, he has been rock stable defensively and a key element of Arsenal’s upturn in kind.
He won’t be the most well-liked participant, however Luiz is presently a key determine for Arsenal and can doubtless add a lot extra appearances to his half-century simply as Saka will.