Lacazette & Auba lead Arsenal to victory

English Premier League

Arsenal overcame a stubborn Burnley at the Emirates Stadium to maintain their winning start to the Premier League campaign.

David Luiz made his debut as Dani Ceballos and Alexandre Lacazette returned from the opening day win over Newcastle United.

The Gunners enjoyed advantage in the opening ten minutes, as Nick Pope palmed Lacazette’s looping header for a corner following a free-kick. From the resultant set-play, Lacazette held off his marker to fire through the legs of Pope from point-blank range.

Burnley began expressing themselves a lot more, leaving Bernd Leno and company to high-pressed defending.

Subsequently the Gunners pushed for a second before the break but Pope denied Reiss Nelson and Matteo Guendouzi respectively.

Burnley levelled two minutes to halftime after Ashley Barnes connected with a square pass to slot past Leno.

At the start of the second half, record-signing Nicolas Pepe came on for Nelson as the game’s first substitution took place. Arsenal probed for a come back in the opening minutes, but Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles couldn’t breakthrough.

Ceballos unleashed a curler on 62 minutes after finding half-yard of space, but Pope palmed for a corner. However, the Gunners regained the lead a minute later after Aubameyang cut close to the area to find the near post.

With the lead intact, Arsenal closed shop in the final minutes as Ceballos received a standing ovation whilst making way for Lucas Torreira.

The visitors threw bodies forward for a late equaliser, but Torreira’s low shot drew an excellent stop from Pope as the Gunners secure back-to-back wins.