Two wins from two, for the first time in 10years, the Gunners won two consecutive opening fixture of the premier league season as Arsenal defeated Burnley 2-1 in a lunch time kick off at the Emirates. Here are my four key points from the game.
– THE CEBALLOS SHOW
Two assist on your full premier league debut, Dani would not have wished for a better way to start.
Dani Ceballos got the crowd on its feet and earned himself an immediate chant, to the tune of Santi Cazorla’s. That’s fitting because Dani brings the same artistry as Santi – ball retention, razor-sharp passing, and an array of clever touches and turns.
It was Dani who set up the winner, not with a backheel or outrageous flick but with a strong challenge to win the ball and feed Aubameyang. It capped a fantastic all-round display; what a way to win over the Arsenal fans.
Does so much with the ball but needs to keep it simple. That could be a frustrating part of him.
– DAVID LUIZ, FOR THE EXPERIENCE
David Luiz slotted into the back four as if he’d been an Arsenal player for years. It doesn’t get much more physical than Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes, but David dug in to deal with their aerial threat alongside the fired-up Sokratis.
We saw the passing range that has helped Chelsea build from the back for years, and we even got a bit of showboating as David danced with the ball deep in Burnley territory. But it was his assurance and organisational skills that stood out, as David directed traffic from the back and brought calmness to our defensive distribution.
– PEPE IS HERE
Pepe deserves his fair share of credit for the three points. He is quick, direct, willing to take on markers, and like Ceballos he has a portfolio of turns and touches to get away from markers. A handful of storming runs down the right got us deep into Burnley territory and one nutmeg earned a gasp of approval from the home fans. Pepe, Laca, Auba… that is some front three.
– EMERY’S SELECTION HEADACHE
“One thing we wanted to improve is to be competitive in each position in the squad and also to take different possibilities. For example, today Xhaka is out, also Mesut is out, Rob Holding is out and Hector Bellerin too. We had different options for a bigger performance. When every player is good to play, that’s perfect. But the way is long, the season is long, they are coming with different issues and different circumstances for each player, with injuries“, Emery said after the win.
If there are doubts over how Emery will set up his team on each matchday, his words at the post match presser says it all. From the midfield to the attack, Emery is spoilt with options. How he gets the best of his team remains to be seen.
Back next Saturday as the boys travels to Anfield to play Liverpool, tough one right?.. Until then, Ya Gunners Ya.
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