Burnley Beat Arsenal as Granit Xhaka is Sent Off Before Aubameyang Scores Own Goal

Arsenal needed a win against Burnley on Sunday night to relieve the pressure on Mikel Arteta.

Despite being impressive in the Europa League, the Gunners are struggling domestically and sat 15th in the table ahead of kick-off.

After a disappointing first half which saw very little action, Arsenal came out for the second period looking far stronger.

Arsenal defeated
Crest fallen Arsenal players Aubameyang and Willian. Image/Courtesy

The Gunners will blame the loss on Granit Xhaka’s meltdown that saw him receive a red card.

After bringing down an opponent on the halfway line, the Swiss midfielder got into an altercation with Burnley’s Ashley Westwood before the referee stepped in.

Originally, Xhaka was shown a yellow card for what looked like nothing more than handbags, but VAR picked up his violent conduct on closer inspection.

The replay showed that he grabbed Westwood by the throat before throwing him to the ground.

Once again, an Arsenal player has let himself and his teammates down. A few weeks ago it was Nicolas Pepe and now it’s Xhaka.

Just minutes later, things went from bad to worse for the hosts.

With 10 men, Arsenal were always going to struggle with Burnley’s pressure and soon crumbled, going behind through a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal.

The striker, who has struggled to score at the right end, unintentionally headed a corner into his own net.

In the space of just a few moments, Arsenal went full Arsenal on Sunday night.

The Gunners downward spiral since winning the FA Cup a few months ago has been incredible.

They now lie 15th with 13 points.

 

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