Arsenal climbed the table by a few places yesterday after beating Burnley at Turf Moor. A perfectly placed free kick from Martin Ødegaard was enough to seal all three points. I’d say that’s a great result, even if the performance was far from perfect. Aaron Ramsdale was excellent I thought. There’s just something about him which I love. Probably the fact that he’s busy, always busy either talking to his defence or he’s on his toes, ready for action. The stream I watched kept freezing, the worst moment being as Ødegaard stood over the free kick. Still, I’ve seen it since.
From what I tell of Arsenal’s performance, it was slow at times, gutsy at others. Gabriel, Takehiro and Ramsdale in particular. The passing wasn’t brilliant but I did read the pitch hadn’t been cut and nor had it been watered. No excuse I know but it makes a difference to the way a passing team play.
Burnley created a few chances to score but hey, if they can’t take them, I’m not going to give a toot, are you? Arsenal created a few chances of their own but the same old struggles to score continued. ESR had two which on another day, one of them might go in.
There was a penalty given against Ramsdale but in stepped VAR. Anthony Taylor had a second look at the incident and overturned his decision. Rightly so too as Ramsdale got his foot to the ball before the Burnley player decided to go over.
1-0 was enough on the days and Mikel Arteta paid tribute to the travelling fans after the game.
I’d just like to show them gratitude – Arteta told Arsenal Media. “To come all the way here and support the team like they did, I think the players wanted to show again their appreciation. They were fantastic. They have been fantastic and we need them. We need them alongside the team because they are a big part of our team.
According to reports, there was a bit of ‘afters’ between both sets of fans once the game had finished.
As Kev said on here overnight, results like yesterday are great. They’re certainly confidence builders for the players. White said after the game that his dodgy back pass fell short because the surface was dry. But Ramsdale, on his toes, saved the day. It’s inevitable that Arsenal’s performance will be criticised by the media, perhaps even Arsenal fans around the Internet but that’s their prerogative. I prefer to take the positives which from the bits of the game I saw was strong defending against a bullish Burnley team.
Tierney, ESR and Partey were replaced in the second half fire getting knocks. Hopefully none are serious. Another positive though was Lokonga, Tavares and AMN who replaced them, did really well.
Arsenal move on, to Wimbledon in the League Cup on Wednesday evening at The Emirates.
Lastly, one of England’s greats, Jimmy Greaves has passed away. May he rest in peace…
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