Photographs and match review from Arsenal v Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
Travelling down to London on the supporters club coach, the day had an early start, walking through a moonlit Burnley for an 06:20 departure opposite Queensgate depot.
The journey down was quite uninterrupted and pleasant until we arrived at Norton Canes services on the M6 Toll. Instantly realising that every coach in the North was making its way to London today.
I’ve been getting really frustrated with mobile connectivity everywhere. O2 does not seem to work at the Turf, on train or coach, or for half my drive to BoulderUK. When I try to talk to O2 about it, they do not get it. So I trialled a Vodafone PYG sim to test the network - which has worked flawlessly almost all of the day.
Notwithstanding, we made good time, arriving outside the Emirates for 12:30, with a full 2.5 hours till kick off. Just enough time to collect my program and head round to the smart shop at Holloway tube station to pick up a lightning cable to replace the one I left at home. The program looks pretty good. At £4 it was the equal most expensive of the season so far, but also the biggest. Not sure what I’m doing with the fold out poster of Ben White though.
At 13:00 the stewards let us into the stadium, and I picked up a chicken balti pie, and a Lucky Saint alchohol free beer, £11.50. Notably the pie had the first structural failure of the season, and a fork was needed. I’m blaming that on the pointless herb inclusions in the pretentious pastry. I’d pass.
Burnley were always in the game, but the result was probably fair. Arsenal dominated possession, but the chances were fairly even. Burnley doing a much better job of getting behind the defence than in recent weeks.
Leandro Trossard rose to at the far post to put Arsenal ahead, on the stroke of half time, injuring himself in the process.
Brownhill levelled from a Koleosho cutback 10 minutes into the second half. Apparently there was some controversy, not sure why. If the defender can manhandle the attacker off the ball it stands to reason that the reverse is true. Six of one and half a dozen of the other. Good decision!
Parity did not last long, Trafford finding himself behind Saliba at the corner, who took the opportunity to head into the open goal.
Zinchenko rounded off the scoring in the 74th minute, meeting a rebound from the crossbar and firing it into the far top corner.
Viera’s didmissal in the 84th minute came too late. With a man advantage Burnley found the overlap at will, causing problems, but not managing to get the ball in the back of the net.
Onafemi got his first minutes of the season at the end, and Aaron Ramsey returned for his first minutes in a month or more.
Not the drubbing many expected, but with Bournemouth winning at Newcastle, survival is beginning to look a bit more uphill.
Oh, and Arsenal have a drum. It was fucking annoying - we don’t need a drum. Up the clarets.