ARSENAL survived a Burnley fightback as Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to type.
Ozil had missed the Carabao Cup defeat by Spurs for “tactical causes” however performed an enormous half in organising Aubameyang for the opening aim.
When the Arsenal striker made it 2-Zero early within the second half, the competition appeared over aside from the tasty challenges which led to a lot of yellow playing cards.
However Burnley saved battling, pulled one again by Ashley Barnes and will have snatched some extent because the Gunners as soon as extra did not preserve a clear sheet.
Solely a stoppage-time aim by Alex Iwobi, arrange by Ozil, settled Arsenal’s nerves.
The sport began at breakneck tempo.
Within the second minute, Joe Hart made a superb save from Ainsley Maitland-Niles. From James Tarkowski’s courageous follow-up clearance, Burnley went straight down the opposite finish, the place Ashley Westwood’s shot was deflected behind by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
However probabilities for Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny prompt an Arsenal aim was coming and it quickly arrived.
Ozil’s pretty cross discovered Sead Kolasinac arriving on the again submit and his contact again fell for Aubameyang, whose barely mishit volley discovered the nook of the web.
A working battle between Barnes and Sokratis, which included a little bit of wrestling, led to each being booked in fast succession however in any other case the sport already gave the impression to be drifting.
The one fear for Arsenal was the lack of luckless Nacho Monreal, who went off injured having solely just lately returned to motion.
Inside three minutes of the restart, issues appeared much more easy for the hosts when Aubameyang lashed the ball into the web after a fast break involving Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette.
However Burnley weren’t completed. Sokratis needed to make a significant problem on Chris Wooden and from the ensuing nook, the visiting bench was screaming for a penalty for a push on Kevin Lengthy by Kolasinac.
The away followers have been shouting for a special purpose a couple of minutes when Barnes lashed the ball into the web after a scramble within the field.
Cork missed a superb probability to equalise with 20 minutes left and the needle which had all the time been within the recreation continued as Xhaka rowed with the Burnley bench after a foul by Westwood.
Left again Charlie Taylor slid a shot into the aspect netting however the Clarets have been unable to discover a second aim.
As an alternative, Arsenal broke within the first of 5 minutes of stoppage-time, Ozil twisted and turned within the field, and the ball broke for substitute Iwobi to fireplace into the web.