Arsenal moved level on points with Man City at the top of the Premier League table after securing a 3-1 victory over Burnley.
After struggling against a compact Burnley defence, Arsenal finally found the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time through that man Trossard. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross was headed on by Saka into Trossard, who bravely headed the ball into the back of the net from close range. For his troubles, Trossard whacked into the post but he managed to get back up and played on.
Trossard’s strike, meanwhile, was a landmark one. It was the 1,000th goal Arsenal have scored at the Emirates since its opening in 2006. Gilberto Silva netted the first during a game against Aston Villa over 17 years ago.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the 83rd minute after Viera was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Brownhill. The Arsenal midfielder, who had only just come on, caught his opponent on the shin, leaving referee Michael Oliver with no doubt but to send Viera off.
Viera is now set to miss the Gunners’ next three top flight matches against Brentford, Wolves and Luton following the international break.
Arsenal fans were left unhappy after they saw an opening goal controversially ruled out. The Gunners thought they had taken the lead when Louis Beyer appeared to nod into his own net. However, it was chalked off after seemingly spotting a foul from Saka in the build-up.
Oliver felt Saka pushed Luca Koleosho before heading the ball back across goal. There weren’t too many complaints from the Arsenal players. However, fans across social media were furious – a week after Anthony Gordon’s strike stood in Newcastle’s win over the Gunners.
The victory for Arsenal leaves them level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. After last weekend’s defeat at Newcastle, Arteta’s side needed to win if they wanted to keep the pressure on the league leaders and they did just that, despite a spirited performance from Burnley.
As for Burnley, they have now lost six successive top flight matches and remain inside the relegation zone. The Clarets have picked up just four points from 12 Premier League games so far this season, with their only victory coming away at Luton back in September.