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Burnley 1-1 Arsenal: Grant Xhaka mistake proves costly for Gunners

Chris Wood has scored 22 goals at Turf Moor in the Premier League, the most of any player

Granit Xhaka suffered another day to forget against Burnley as his error presented Chris Wood with a bizarre equaliser to deprive Arsenal of a Premier League victory at Turf Moor.

Xhaka, who was sent off in the Gunners’ December defeat by Burnley, received a short pass facing his own goal from keeper Bernd Leno and tried to clip a square ball to David Luiz across the penalty area.

However, he succeeded only in hitting Wood in the midriff and the ball bounced into an empty net for the softest of levellers.

Arsenal had appeared to be in cruise control after Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang’s near-post strike beat Nick Pope to give the Gunners an early lead.

But Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka wasted chances to stretch the advantage and Arsenal were made to pay when Leno’s unwise pass to an under-pressure Xhaka was compounded by the midfielder’s mistake.

Burnley twice went close to turning the game on its head in the second half but Leno first produced a fine save to keep out Erik Pieters’ dipping 30-yard volley, and then used his leg to deny Wood in a one-on-one.

Arsenal thought they had been awarded a late penalty against Pieters but the spot-kick and the defender’s red card for deliberate handball were overturned by the video assistant referee after replays showed he had diverted Nicolas Pepe’s shot onto the bar with his shoulder.

That was not the end of the late drama as Ben Mee’s block denied Aubameyang a sure-fire winner in stoppage time before Calum Chambers crashed an effort against the post in his first league start for 14 months.

A fifth successive home draw inches 15th-placed Burnley seven points clear of the bottom three, while Arsenal remain 10th, their hopes of a late push for European qualification hindered by two dropped points.

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  1. Squad number1Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  10. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  11. Squad number9Player nameWood

  1. Squad number12Player nameBrady

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  3. Squad number23Player namePieters


  1. Squad number8Player nameDani Ceballos
  2. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
  3. Squad number19Player namePépé



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forPietersat 63′minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forBradyat 68′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 27VydraSubstituted forRodriguezat 86′minutes
  • 9Wood


  • 12Brady
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 21Chambers
  • 23David Luiz
  • 22Marí
  • 3Tierney
  • 18ParteySubstituted forCeballosat 80′minutes
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7SakaBooked at 55mins
  • 11ØdegaardSubstituted forLacazetteat 63′minutes
  • 12WillianSubstituted forPépéat 69′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang


  • 2Bellerín
  • 6Gabriel
  • 8Ceballos
  • 9Lacazette
  • 16Holding
  • 19Pépé
  • 25Elneny
  • 33Ryan
  • 35Martinelli

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