Arsenal 2 Burnley 1
Lacazette 13, Aubameyang 64, Barnes 43

Arsenal secured their second Premier League win in as many games with a classy but testing encounter against Burnley at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette swept Arsenal into the lead after he held off the attentions of two markers before nutmegging Nick Pope. Enjoying the lion’s share of possession Arsenal couldn’t add to their tally with Pope denying Matteo Guendouzi after a neat move involving debutant Dani Ceballos. The on loan Real Madrider midfield enjoyed a memorable debut for the Gunners, and the question as to why Unai Emery readily dispensed with the services of Aaron Ramsey has found an answer in parts. The trick will be to keep him at Arsenal, while onlookers in the Spainish capital will have other ideas. For the season at least however he is a Gunner and the N5 faithful rose to acclaim a new hero following his industrious display and late second half substitution for Lucas Torreira. When Ashley Barnes levelled just before the break, the Gunners had a fight on their hands. Pope continued to frustrate the Arsenal front line, but could do nothing to keep out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s low shot after Ceballos won back possession high up the pitch. The Gabon striker’s second goal of the season proved to be the winner for a stylish Arsenal who also gave David Luiz and substitute Nicolas Pepe their home debuts.

The Gunners achieved back to back Premier League wins for the first time in ten years, and their performance against a robust Burnley style will hold Arsenal in good stead when the going and conditions get tougher and especially away from the Emirates. But there are plenty of reasons for the Arsenal faithful to be optimistic, with Luiz, Ceballos and record £72 million summer signing Nicolas Pepe who all gave a good account of their respective selves. Ceballos was the outstanding performer in which he held the Arsenal moves and momentum together. Skilful and resourceful and rugged when needed, he battled back to win possession which saw Aubameyang get what proved to be the Arsenal winner. The Arsenal striker fired in his second of the season.

Not that Burnley came just as the supporting cast. Dwight McNeil gave the Arsenal defence cause for concern all afternoon with his intelligent play on the left, and it was his cross which allowed Barnes to score past a somewhat static defence. He also had a late header go close which could have given the Clarets a point, as did Ashley Westwood who rose unopposed but saw his header fly over Bernd Leno’s bar. However with Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi showing for the ball, Ainsley Maitland-Niles from the right as well as Lacazette and Aubameyang moving through the gears, Arsenal began to stir. Only the fine goal keeping from Pope denied Aubameyang, Pepe and substitute Lucas Torreira late on. But the Emirates faithful had seen a glimpse of what promises to be a good season for Unai Emery’s men.

Emery said, “We can be happy and I think that our idea, our game plan on the pitch was knowing it was going to be tough, because we needed to adapt to their game plan: long balls, second action, pushes and high pressing. And after, we wanted to impose our game plan. Really, I think we won in our moments… we made the difference to win 2-1 but in a lot of moments we couldn’t impose our game plan because they pushed and their game plan was to make us struggle.”

The Arsenal Head Coach who is in the second year of a two year deal, praised the performances of his new arrivals and on how well they have settled in.

“Today, with some new players, they made an impact in the first match here. We created this atmosphere today, also with some other players, like Willock, who played very well. We can also say that the young players have the chance to play, and you need to do this – and he did. I think you can speak about all the team because we worked together with an individual quality and capacity, but above all thinking like a team. Also, creating something special for each match with our supporters here at the Emirates. I think today we did that.”

Arsenal are six points better off than they were at this time last season and that will bode well for Emery’s side who travel to Anfield to face Liverpool for Saturday’s early evening kick off. The Reds are the only other Premier League side with maximum points after two matches. Emery may have wanted more time before facing such a formidable foe, but he will be able to get an early indicator of how much of a gulf there is between Arsenal and ¬†last years Premier League runners up.