Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal defeated Burnley to record successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2009.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from injury as he impressively held off Erik Pieters and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead after 13 minutes.

Ashley Barnes levelled the match two minutes before half-time, converting at close range from Dwight McNeil’s deflected pass for his third goal in two matches.

The hosts, who handed full debuts to £8m defender David Luiz and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, saw an immediate response ruled out for offside after Reiss Nelson appeared to have completed a slick passing move with a confident finish into the roof of the net.

But the impressive 23-year-old Ceballos recovered possession to set up Aubameyang for a powerful, low finish with 64 minutes played.

Burnley goalkeeper Pope made a series of fine saves to keep the Clarets alive, but he was unable to prevent his side losing a 10th straight league meeting with the Gunners.

Ceballos shines for Arsenal

Three points away to Newcastle – along with a valuable clean-sheet – marked a pleasing start for manager Unai Emery following some exciting summer transfer business.

Another victory in their first home match was made all the more enjoyable for the home support by the enthralling performance of midfielder Ceballos, on loan from the Bernabeu for the 2019-20 campaign.

The Spaniard, unable to impress in his substitute appearance at Newcastle, oozed class in the centre of the pitch and delivered dancing runs through the Burnley midfield with sharp feet and twisting dribbles.

His whipped corner paved the way for Lacazette’s opener, the Frenchman doing well to turn and shoot under pressure, while the 23-year-old celebrated passionately as Aubameyang converted from his tireless recovery work.

Likewise, youngsters Nelson, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi impressed in successive starts, while £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe emerged from the bench after the interval to add further promise for the season ahead.

However, with Luiz yet to settle into the back-line, Arsenal’s defensive frailties were apparent as Barnes and Chris Wood caused awkward moments from set-pieces.

An almighty scrap in the Arsenal penalty area following a first-half Burnley corner offered a timely reminder of the questions that remain – though Luiz appeared, for the most part, calm and composed when in possession.

Arsenal are showing promise as the season warms up and, though old worries remain, back-to-back opening wins and a dazzling Ceballos display will keep Emery smiling.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 5Papastathopoulos
  • 23David LuizBooked at 90mins
  • 18Monreal
  • 28Willock
  • 29Guendouzi
  • 14AubameyangBooked at 38mins
  • 8CeballosSubstituted forTorreiraat 83′minutes
  • 24NelsonSubstituted forPépéat 45′minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forKolasinacat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mkhitaryan
  • 11Torreira
  • 19Pépé
  • 21Chambers
  • 26Martínez
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 35Martinelli Silva

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Pieters
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 72′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 61′minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Gibson
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Hart
  • 25Lennon
  • 26Bardsley
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
60,214

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home16
Away18
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Burnley 1.

Booking

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by David Luiz.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.

Booking

David Luiz (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sokratis (Arsenal).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Foul by Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Willock.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Lucas Torreira (Arsenal).

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Pieters (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Lucas Torreira replaces Dani Ceballos.

Foul by David Luiz (Arsenal).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Arsenal. Matteo Guendouzi tries a through ball, but Sead Kolasinac is caught offside.

Hand ball by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Offside, Arsenal. David Luiz tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood following a set piece situation.

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Arsenal).

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Joe Willock (Arsenal).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Johann Gudmundsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Sead Kolasinac replaces Alexandre Lacazette.

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matthew Lowton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

goal

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