Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores own goal as 10-man Arsenal lose to Burnley

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Mikel Arteta saw his 10-man Arsenal side lose a fourth consecutive home Premier League game as Burnley picked up their first win at the Emirates Stadium.

With his side anchored in the bottom half of the table and without a league win since November 1, Arteta needed a response against the struggling Clarets but, with Granit Xhaka sent off and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring an own goal, the 1-0 loss leaves the Gunners languishing in 15th place.

A turgid first half in front of 2000 fans saw Alexandre Lacazette have the only shot on target but the game livened up when Xhaka was dismissed for a needless grapple with Ashley Westwood.

Arsenal v Burnley – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game in the wrong net (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

This is the first time in over 60 years that Arsenal have lost four home league games in a row and the result saw Sean Dyche’s men end a six-match losing streak at the Emirates.

Burnley wasted a fine opportunity to open the scoring and further rock the confidence of the Arsenal side.

Robbie Brady was in space down the right and a fine cross found Chris Wood free in front of goal but the New Zealand international could only head wide when he should have scored.

Arsenal v Burnley – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Burnley had plenty to celebrate after picking up three points from a rare win at Arsenal (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

That would be the only shot on target in a dull first half, with Arsenal seemingly given a rocket in the dressing room at half-time.

Tierney, Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka drew saves from Pope before Xhaka’s moment of madness saw him sent off just before the hour.

After an altercation with Dwight McNeil following a Xhaka foul, the Switzerland midfielder tangled with Westwood, initially picking up a booking from referee Graham Scott.

Arsenal v Burnley – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Granit Xhaka was sent off after clashing with Ashley Westwood (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

The red card seemed to spur Arsenal on somewhat and they continued with a similar pattern of play as Dani Ceballos replaced the ineffectual Lacazette.

But they would go behind from a corner, with Mohamed Elneny booked for wrestling James Tarkowski to the ground before the set-piece, when it was eventually swung into the near post, Aubameyang could only get his head to the ball and turn it into his own net.

Arsenal would rally with 10 men and pushed forward in the hope of an equaliser, even Bernd Leno going up for a last-minute corner which was cleared off the line.

The full-time whistle would be met with jeers from the returning fans as Arsenal lost a fourth straight home league game for the first time in over 60 years.

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