Premier League: Arsenal’s top-four hopes fade after Granit Xhaka’s error sees Gunners held by Burnley

Premier League: Arsenal’s top-four hopes fade after Granit Xhaka’s error sees Gunners held by Burnley

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal forward early on at Turf Moor, however Xhaka’s farcical howler allowed Chris Wooden to equalise earlier than half-time.

Premier League: Arsenal's top-four hopes fade after Granit Xhaka's error sees Gunners held by Burnley

Chris Wooden celebrates after scoring in opposition to Arsenal. AP

Burnley: Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka compromised his facet’s faint hopes of a top-four end within the Premier League because the Swiss midfielder’s embarrassing mistake gifted Burnley a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal forward early on at Turf Moor, however Xhaka’s farcical howler allowed Chris Wooden to equalise earlier than half-time.

Xhaka foolishly tried to move the ball out of his personal six-yard field as an alternative of clearing it and his miscued effort bounced off Wooden into the Arsenal web.

Mikel Arteta’s workforce could not make amends for Xhaka’s blunder and tenth positioned Arsenal are actually 9 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Arteta had warned Arsenal’s gamers this week that their league place was unacceptable for a membership with such a wealthy historical past.

However, with their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League by way of a top-four end in tatters, Arsenal must prioritise their journey to Greece to play Olympiakos within the Europa League final 16 first leg on Thursday.

Aubameyang’s personal purpose had given Burnley their first win at Arsenal since 1974 after they final met in December.

However this time the Gabon ahead made his presence on the proper finish to open the scoring within the sixth minute.

Picked out by Willian’s move after a powerful break from the Brazilian, Aubameyang minimize in from the left flank and used a nimble step-over to ease previous Matt Lowton into the Burnley space.

With six Burnley gamers too gradual to answer the hazard, Aubameyang had area to drill a low drive from 12 yards that beat Nick Pope’s weak tried save at his close to submit.

It was Aubameyang’s 14th purpose of the season in all competitions and his eighth in opposition to Burnley in his Arsenal profession.

Arsenal have been effectively on high however Xhaka handed Burnley their comical equaliser within the thirty ninth minute.

Pablo Mari handed again to Bernd Leno and the Arsenal keeper opted to search out Xhaka inside his personal space fairly than boot it clear.

Xhaka needed to do away with the ball shortly as Matej Vydra pressed, however the midfielder’s woeful move hit Wooden on the hip and cannoned into the web.

It was the newest Burnley nightmare for Xhaka, who was despatched off for grabbing Clarets midfielder Ashley Westwood by the throat within the December.

Because the begin of 2016-17, Xhaka has made extra errors resulting in Premier League objectives (8) than every other outfield participant.

He returned for the second half with a torn shirt, sparking mischievous social media solutions of a dressing room row with team-mates.

Martin Odegaard pressured a sprawling save from Pope early within the second half, but with Arsenal missing a innovative the on-loan Actual Madrid midfielder was changed by Alexandre Lacazette.

Nicolas Pepe was additionally launched by Arteta and the Ivorian noticed a penalty attraction controversially turned down after Erik Pieters caught out an arm to dam his flick.

Pieters practically added to Arsenal’s frustration when he pressured Leno to tip over his drive earlier than the German saved effectively from Wooden.

In an exciting finale, Pepe’s volley was blocked on the road by Pieters.

A penalty and pink card have been initially awarded by Andre Marriner, however the determination was overturned as VAR confirmed the ball hit Pieters’ shoulder and never his arm.

There was nonetheless time for extra drama when Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos hit the submit in stoppage-time.

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