Attended Arsenal’s first home game of the season against a stubborn Burnley side. I was looking forward for this fixture ever since the schedule was out. Although this is the second time watching a match at the Emirates, the feeling of it was still amazing like my first outing here.
Unai Emery named a line up with three changes from the game against Newcastle and handed full debuts to two new signings, Real Madrid loanee, Dani Ceballos and David Luiz. It was also great to see our very own Hale End graduates, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson to be among the starting lineup.
Lacazette fired us ahead with his brilliant shot, holding off two defenders and guiding the ball through the legs of Nick Pope. As the fans were looking forward for a half time lead, Ashley Barnes gave us a shock by equalising for Burnley. They were quick to penalised the sleepy Arsenal defence and splayed Leno was not able to do much.
After the break the home fans had something to look for when our record signing, Nicholas Pepe was introduced at half time. Cabellos then wins possession off Gudmundsson and perfectly pushed the ball ahead for the run of Aubameyang. The Gabon international then charges towards the penalty area and blasts the ball low into the bottom-left corner and we are BACK AGAIN. Arsenal were pretty much in the defence and everybody was waiting for the final whistle to grab the vital three points.
The man of the match was awarded to Dani Ceballos who provided two assist and was outstanding with his clever flicks and turns. He has also brought some style to this team which they have lacked for a couple of years now.
With this said, the next two games would be a huge deciding factor in where Arsenal would finish this season. First up it’s against Liverpool at Anfield followed by Tottenham’s visit to Emirates for the first North London derby of this season.