As it happened: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal
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15:35a month ago

Signing off

That's all from me. A pulsating encounter! 

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15:33a month ago

Burnley push further clear

The Clarets are now seven points ahead of the drop zone, although Fulham play Liverpool tomorrow afternoon. Arsenal remain nine points away from a Champions Leaue spot and two points off a European spot.
15:32a month ago

Instant Ratings

Burnley: Pope 6; Lowton 6, Tarkowski 7, Mee 8, Taylor 6; Gudmundsson 5, Brownhill 6, Westwood 6, McNeil 7; Vydra 7, Wood 7.

Subs: Pieters 7, Brady 5, Rodriguez n/a. 


Arsenal: Leno 6; Chambers 7, Luiz 8, Mari 7, Tierney 7; Xhaka 5, Partey 6; Saka 7, Odegaard 5, Willian 6; Aubameyang 7.

Subs: Lacazette 6, Pepe 6, Ceballos n/a.

15:27a month ago

Full-time: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

Burnley fans will be delighted with the character and desire of their team. They started the game slowly but the players were fought tooth and nail for a point in the end. Some superb defensive blocks. 

It was a good match for the neutral, as well. Moments of quality, moments of madness and moments of controversy. 

For Arsenal, it was the story of their season. The good, the bad and the ugly! 

15:24a month ago

Full-time: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

It was an exhilarating end to the second-half but the score remained 1-1. Burnley were much better after the break. They showed more attacking purpose. However, Arsenal will wonder how they didn't take maximum points. Quite how the ball didn't go in at the death is anybody's guess! 
15:22a month ago

BLOCK, BLOCK AND POST! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

90+4: Astonishing! Aubameyang firstly thinks he's won it when the ball breaks into his path but Mee recovers well to make a super block. Burnley can't clear the ball and the chances keep on coming. Pieters then cleared Pepe's shot off the line before Ceballos bent an excellent strike against the post. Wow!
15:19a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

90+2: Arteta has approximately two minutes to get his first victory against Dyche. 
15:17a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

90+1: Four minutes of added time have be signalled.
15:17a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

90: Rodriguez was alive to Wood's flick-on but Luiz was also alive to the substitute's movement, reacting quickly to snuff out the opportunity. 
15:16a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

89: The game has finally slowed down a touch. It was back and forth full-throttle action for a good period! 
15:14a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

87: Rodriguez spins in behind after Luiz misjudges a long ball but his rasping strike is always going wide. 
15:13a month ago

SUBSTITUTION! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

86: Amid all of that, Rodriguez comes on for Vydra.
15:13a month ago

NO RED CARD OR PENALTY! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

86: Marriner has overturned both decisions after VAR intervention. On closer inspection, Pepe's shot quite clearly deflects the ball onto the bar with his shoulder. 
15:12a month ago

PENALTY AND RED CARD! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

84: Pepe thinks he has his goal after volleying Saka's cross past Pope, but Pieters deflects the ball onto the bar with his shoulder. Pieters is given a red card and a penalty is awarded but VAR will probably overturn this!
15:09a month ago

BIG CHANCE AGAIN! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

82: Massive chance for Pepe! Tierney's cut-back isn't dealt with Tarkowski and Pepe miscues his effort from ten-yards. It looked like a certain goal but the Ivory Coast star tried to hit the ball too hard, dragging his effort well wide.
15:08a month ago

BIG CHANCE! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

79: Burnley are chasing a win here. Wood and Vydra combine brilliantly before the Czech slots Wood in on goal. The big forward really out to have scored his second goal of the match but Leno remained tall and blocked Wood's shot with his leg.
15:06a month ago

SUPER SHOT! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

78: Pieters is in the thick of the action and he almost caught Leno out with a sensational 35-yard dipping volley. The German goalkeeper back-peddled and pushed the effort over the bar.
15:05a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

77: Arsenal fans will not be happy with the lack of a penalty from the Pieters incident. There is so much ambiguity with hand-ball incidents at this moment. 
15:03a month ago

NO PENALTY! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

75: Pepe is adamant that Pieters has handled the ball. Initially, the ball hit Pieters' hand after the ball ricocheted off his leg. But then the ball hits his arm again in a separate phase just moments later. VAR has allowed play to carry on. It's a contentious call. 
14:57a month ago

YELLOW CARD! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

70: Pieters kicks through the back of Lacazette's leg, causing the Frenchman some discomfort. The card is out from the referee. 
14:56a month ago

SUBSTITUTION! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

70: Pepe on for Willian. The Brazilian started brightly but he has been quiet since.
14:56a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

68: Vydra did really well to wriggle away from Partey and into a shooting position but he couldn't sort his feet out at the vital moment. Some optimistic shouts for a penalty but it looked as though the striker kicked Saka's shoe before making contact with the ball. 
14:54a month ago

SUBSTITUTION! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

67: Brady is back from injury and he replaced Gudmundsson. It was a quiet afternoon for the Icelander, who was also making his comeback from the sidelines. 
14:53a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

66: Saka with a clumsy tackle on Pieters. The Arsenal man has to be careful as he is on a booking. 
14:52a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

65: Taylor is donning an ice pack so it's clear that there was an issue for the Burnley left-back. Let's hope it's nothing too serious. It doesn't look like it is anything to worry about.
14:50a month ago

SUBSTITUTIONS! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

63: Lacazette on for Odegaard. Aubameyang will shift out to the left. For Burnley, Pieters is coming on for Taylor. 
14:48a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

61: Lacazette is stripped off and he's getting ready to come on.  
14:45a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

58: Chambers fizzes a cross into a dangerous area but Pope is alive to clean up the danger. Neither side have created a golden opportunity since the restart. 
14:43a month ago

YELLOW CARD! Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

56: Taylor was clattered by Saka and the Arsenal man is shown a yellow card. The Burnley left-back looked like he was coming off for Pieters but Taylor has just indicated to the bench that he is okay to continue. 
14:42a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

54: Chambers found Saka with a lovely low cross but Tarkowski did well to block Saka's prodded effort. 
14:40a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

51: Westwood's corner caused a bit of difficulty for Leno, who grabbed the ball at the second attempt. A trademark of Burnley is their excellent ability to cause panic on dead-balls. 
14:39a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

51: Saka dribbled inside Taylor and his fierce drive was brilliantly blocked by Mee. From the rebound, Odegaard pounced quickly but his shot shot from just outside the box trickled tamely into Pope's grasp. 
14:37a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

50: Arsenal doing most of the probing but Burnley are holding firm. Saka's cross is easily cleared by Tarkowski. 
14:32a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

46: We're back underway. No changes from either team. 
14:24a month ago

Half-time: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

Burnley will be delighted. They were well below-par for the majority of that half but they got a bit of luck. This season, the Clarets have usually upped their performance in the second-half of matches so we'll have to wait and see how they come out of the blocks after the interval. 
14:22a month ago

Half-time: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

This half was probably symptomatic of Arsenal's season: lots of promise but lots of frustration. Xhaka is a perplexing player. He has had many excellent games in an Arsenal shirt, particularly under Arteta, but he is prone to moments of stupidity. Concentration is a big issue for the Swiss. 

McManaman was calling Leno out for giving him the ball in the first place but the German is simply following instructions. Ederson Moraes, Alisson Becker and Jordan Pickford would do the same thing. Xhaka has time to compose himself and pick a pass; the fault is almost entirely with the midfielder. 

14:18a month ago

Half-time: Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

That was an action-packed half. Aubameyang's early goal had Arsenal in cruise control until Xhaka's moment of madness brought Burnley back into the match. The equaliser from Wood seemed to energise a lethargic looking home team. It's all to play for in the second-half!
14:15a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

45: Arsenal are finishing the half on top. Luiz's lofted pass sets Willian in behind but Tarkowski does well to position himself and clear the danger. 
14:13a month ago

Burnley 1-1 Arsenal

42: The tables have turned. McNeil did well to turn Luiz and his low cross-shot forced Leno into a smart low claim. 
14:12a month ago


39: Wow! Arsenal have been completely dominant and it's a moment of madness in their defensive-third. Leno passed the ball to Xhaka and the Swiss international looked to nonchalantly clip the ball out wide, only for his attempted pass to inexplicably ricochet off the midriff of Wood and into the back of the net. Incredible! 
14:09a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

37: Aubameyang had the Burnley defence back-peddling and he looked to have played Saka in on goal. His team-mate should have taken the ball on his in-step but misjudged the pass and carried it wide. 
14:07a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

36: Xhaka's delivery over the top is just about mopped up by Pope, with Aubameyang very close to beating the keeper to the ball. 
14:05a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

35: Burnley have had just one touch in Arsenal's box. It is proving to be very difficult for the hosts to lay a glove on their opponents. 
14:01a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

31: The difference between this and the Tottenham game last week is that Spurs took their opportunities. Arsenal could easily be leading this game by two or three. Their finishing has been poor. 
14:00a month ago

CHANCE! Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

29: Saka's ball to Odegaard was a little too hard but the Norwegian managed to recyle the ball to the edge of the box. Partey was running onto the ball but he couldn't keep his effort down. A half-chance for Arsenal.
13:58a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

28: An effort on-target now for Burnley as Wood's snapshot is easily gathered by Leno. 
13:58a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

27: A shot from Burnley. Lowton's cross was headed out by Xhaka but Westwood couldn't keep his volleyed effort down. That's a bit better from Dyche's men. 
13:56a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

26: Burnley can't string any passes together. McNeil is looking like the biggest threat for the Clarets but he can't do it by himself. Arsenal looking fitter, sharper and hungrier. 
13:53a month ago

BIG CHANCE! Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

22: What a great chance that was for Saka! The youngster drifted into a central position before playing a give-and-go with Aubameyang. The Burnley defence make a mess of trying to deal with Aubameyang's return pass and Saka pounces, but he drags his shot wide with just Pope to beat!
13:50a month ago

BIG CHANCE! Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

19: Arsenal broke quickly and Lowton's slightly messy clearance nearly gave Aubameyang a tap-in. Thankfully for him, the forward couldn't properly connect with the ball. 
13:49a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

18: Partey sloppily gave the ball away and Burnley broke promisingly but Vydra's attempted pass to Wood was poor. Lucky escape for Arsenal. 
13:47a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

17: Arsenal are in control of this game. As noted beforehand, the midweek rest that they had will have done them a world of good. Burnley look tired.
13:42a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

13: McNeil did well to snatch the ball from the Arsenal defence but his fizzing cross was deflected into the hands of Leno. 
13:39a month ago

Burnley 0-1 Arsenal

9: A really disappointing goal to give away from the Clarets. Very little pressure off-the-ball throughout that move. Pope will also feel that he should have kept the shot out, but the goalkeeper could easily pass the baton of blame to those in-front of him. It was all too easy for Arsenal.
13:37a month ago


6: Arsenal take the lead and it's Aubameyang again. Willian carries the ball into the final third without a challenge before feeding Aubameyang. The Gabonese star shifts inside Lowton and squeezes a shot inside Pope's near post. The Burnley keeper got a strong hand to the ball but he couldn't keep it out.
13:35a month ago

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

4: Tierney did well to win a corner but the delivery came to nothing. Shortly after, Aubameyang needlessly nudged Taylor as he jumped to win a header. It has been a tepid start.
13:33a month ago

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

3: Neither team has really taken the game to the other. The pitch, as noted by Steve McManaman, hasn't been watered very much. The ball isn't moving with too much zip, which would be designed to suit the hosts.
13:30a month ago

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal

1: And we're off! Andre Marriner is the man with the whistle.
13:27a month ago

Gareth Southgate in the stands

The England manager is at Turf Moor with a keen eye on a number of players. Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Bukayo Saka will all be in his thoughts. 
13:20a month ago

Just over 10 minutes...

The game is quickly approaching. Arsenal had a rest in the middle of the week and that could be vital. Burnley will be playing their third match in seven days. That could take its toll on some of the players. 

It's also worth noting that Arteta rested many key players last weekend. The Gunners should be fresh and ready to hit the ground running. 

13:17a month ago

Arteta expecting a battle

Arteta had praised Burnley in his press conferences and he retained that positive tone with Des Kelly. The Spaniard expects a difficult game and admits that his players need to maintain their composure. 
13:16a month ago


A win for Burnley would temporarily put them nine points about the drop zone. 

By contrast, three points for Arsenal would put them within three points of a European place. They would remain seven points off fourth, having played a game more.

13:08a month ago

Burnley hitting shots off

Recent games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Leicester have seen Burnley fire a lot of shots on the opposition goal. Those matches are in the top five for the most shots Burnley have taken against an opponent all season. Attacking with more purpose!
13:05a month ago

Dyche talks

The Burnley manager has praised his team's resilience after the heavy defeat to Spurs. 

He does add that Cork's injury came because he finished the match against Leicester, aggravating his hamstring. 

Dyche was complimentary about Arsenal and reminded people that they are a team in transition. 

13:01a month ago

Happy International Women's Day

A shout out to all the women who are following this commentary!
12:59a month ago

Promising signs?

The BT pundits seemed unsure about Arsenal's direction as a football club. 

My thinking is that Arteta is at the start of a very long rebuilding process. There are still a number of players who need to be shifted off the books. The emphasis is on growing young talent and that focus should be maintained in the transfer market. 

12:52a month ago

Odegaard impact

Odegaard is a great young talent and the injury to Smith-Rowe gives him another opportunity to impress. The Norwegian is on loan from Real Madrid and his long-term future is still up in the air. These next few months are key to solving that.
12:44a month ago

Happy 100 for Nick Pope

The Burnley goalkeeper will make his 100th Premier League appearance for the Clarets against Arsenal. He will be hoping to mark that occasion with another clean sheet; Pope already has nine to his name this season. 
12:41a month ago

Black armbands for Glenn Roeder

The legendary figure sadly passed away recently and Burnley will wear black armbands in his name. Roeder was assistant manager to Chris Waddle during his reign at Turf Moor. 

Our thoughts at VAVEL go out to his family. 

12:40a month ago

Saka and Aubameyang back

Aubameyang joins Bukayo Saka in the starting setup. Despite others performing last weekend, Arteta didn't think twice about bringing his star men back. Willian, after a strong performance against Leicester, keeps his place on the left, with Aubameyang up-front. 
12:38a month ago

Chambers at right-back

A slightly surprising call from Arteta. Hector Bellerin is on the bench but the former Bolton centre-back has been preferred on this occasion. There are rumours that Bellerin might be on his way in the summer. We shall have to wait and see. 
12:35a month ago

Return for Gudmundsson

Gudmundsson is back in the starting eleven after going off injured against Fulham. The winger has only been training for a few days but an injury to Cork has forced Dyche to fast-track Gudmundsson back into the fold. 
12:32a month ago


Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Willian; Aubameyang.

Subs: Ryan, Bellerin, Gabriel, Ceballos, Pepe, Holding, Lacazette, Elneny, Martinelli.

12:31a month ago


Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Vydra, Wood.

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Stephens, Rodriguez, Pieters, Bardsley, Long, Dunne, Brady, Benson.

12:28a month ago

Auba back

Aubameyang returns to the line-up, which probably means Alexandre Lacazette or Willian will drop to the bench, despite both performing well against Leicester last weekend. 
12:07a month ago

Team news coming soon

Good morning everybody. This should be a very close fought encounter. Team news will be arriving at 11.30 BST. Will Arteta stay loyal to the players who performed so well against Leicester? Stay tuned to find out! 
14:01a month ago

Final pre-live comment

This looks set to be a tightly fought contest between two teams with contrasting ambitions. Be sure to keep following this text-commentary for the latest updates on this clash in East Lancashire. 
13:59a month ago

How to watch

If you want to watch the game on TV, it will be broadcast on BT Sport. 

If you want to follow online, VAVEL is your best option!

13:56a month ago

Arteta on Dyche and Burnley

"I think it’s remarkable what the club, Sean and the coaching staff have done in recent years with the resources that they have, the style of play they have implemented and how well they execute it, how efficient they are. It is always really tough to play against them," said the Arsenal manager.

"At home it was a tricky game because we played with 10-men and we ended up losing on a set piece, which is a big part of the game, so hopefully we can have a very different result."

13:55a month ago

Dyche on Arsenal and Arteta

"Personally, I like that a club as big and powerful as Arsenal have given Mikel Arteta the chance and time.

"[There have been] some ups and downs, but they're a very good outfit and a top side."

13:53a month ago


Arteta has never beaten Dyche as a manager. 

His Arsenal team were outplayed in a 0-0 draw before the first coronavirus lockdown, last season.

However, Arteta was left shell-shocked when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own-goal to hand Burnley a bizarre victory at the Emirates. 

That crazy more recent fixture will have left a sour taste in the mouth of Arsenal fans! 

13:50a month ago

Predicted Line-ups

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.

Arsenal: Leno; Cedric, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Willian; Lacazette.

13:47a month ago

Arsenal Team News

Smith-Rowe is touch-and-go after leaving the field against Leicester in the first-half. If injured, Martin Odegaard is likely to fill the void. 

Aside from Smith-Rowe, Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns.

13:45a month ago

Burnley Team News

Sean Dyche may be without Jack Cork, who has a tight hamstring. 

Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are both mounting their own comebacks but neither wide-man seems capable of staying fit for a sustained period of time. 

Ashley Barnes is still out. 

13:40a month ago

Gunning for Europe

Arsenal may have been in a dire state towards the back end of 2020, but their resurgent form has left fans hopeful of a European finish. 

Arteta's decision to give youth a chance has absolutely paid off. His experienced players were letting him down and the Spaniard wasn't afraid to ring the changes. 

Bukayo Saka has been outstanding for the Gunners but Emile Smith-Rowe has also impressed. 

13:37a month ago

Burnley holding firm

The Clarets don't score a lot of goals but they are capable of shutting teams out. They have two clean sheets in their last five games but only one team has scored more than once against them in that period (Tottenham). 

Burnley are joint-fifth in the league for clean sheets and that proud statistic is indebted to the trio of Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Ben Mee: a trio that do their utmost to frustrate the life out of opposition strikers. 

13:34a month ago

Steady form

Aside from the thumping at Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley have been steadily picking up the points that they need to beat the drop. The 1-1 result against Leicester City was their third draw in four matches. 

Arsenal's form in 2021 has been better than some of their big-six rivals. Unfortunately, they are lagging behind because of a disastrous set of results earlier in the season.

Before their 3-1 Boxing Day victory against Chelsea, the Gunners had only won one of their last ten Premier League matches. Since then, they have won seven of their 12 games in the league. A marked improvement! 

13:26a month ago

Kick-off time

Kick-off is on Saturday 6 March, 12.30 BST. The match will be played at Turf Moor.
13:25a month ago



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