Arsenal 0-1 Burnley player ratings: Xhaka the villain in Gunners’ latest defeat

Arsenal’s turmoil continued on Sunday as the Gunners fell to a shock defeat at home to Burnley.

Granit Xhaka was sent off for the hosts after grabbing Ashley Westwood by the neck in a moment of madness, reducing Arsenal to 10 men.

The Gunners were fortunate not to see another player sent fot an early bath after Mohamed Elneny escaped with a booking for raising his hands in the box.

But they had little time to feel relieved as the Clarets took the lead from the ensuing corner, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header ended up in his own net.

The defeat means Arsenal have won just once in their last eight games and piles more pressure on under-fire boss Mikel Arteta.

Granit Xhaka was sent off in Arsenal's shock loss to Burnley
Granit Xhaka was sent off in Arsenal’s shock loss to Burnley

Here are the player ratings from The Emirates.

Arsenal

Leno 6

Little to do after early scare when Wood headed gaping chance wide

Bellerin 6

No doubting his mobility, but athleticism is nothing without end product

Gabriel 7

Arsenal’s best defender – he snaps into the tackle. Headed good chance wide

Holding 7

Not far off-target with header over the top from 12 yards

Xhaka's moment of madness reduced Arsenal to 10 men
Xhaka’s moment of madness reduced Arsenal to 10 men

Tierney 7

Always prepared to lead the charge, close to breaking the deadlock

Xhaka 4

What a chump – grabbing opponents by the throat is never a great idea

Elneny 5

They sphinx it’s all over? The Egyptian was lucky not to see red like Xhaka

Willian 7

Promising signs, but high time he started living up to his generous salary

Aubameyang's header inadvertently finds its way into his own net
Aubameyang’s header inadvertently finds its way into his own net

Lacazette 6

Played deeper behind the lone striker, sacrificed after Xhaka red card

Saka 7

Versatility is a priceless asset, especially in a gifted 19-year-old kid

Aubameyang 6

Off the boil since he signed a new contract – coincidence or complacency?

SUBS: Ceballos (Lacazette, 60) 7

Runarsson, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Willock, Nketiah, Smith-Rowe.

Mikel Arteta is under increasing pressure at the Emirates
Mikel Arteta is under increasing pressure at the Emirates

Burnley

Pope 8

Excellent shot-stopper, England No.1 keeper’s shirt is there for the taking

Lowton 6

Busy shift coping with Saka and Tierney’s raids down his flank

Tarkowski 7

Perfectly-timed tackle to thwart Saka when there was no margin for error

Mee 7

Gone are the days when he was knocking on England’s door, which is a pity

Burnley's James Tarkowski gestures amid his clash with Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny
Burnley’s James Tarkowski gestures amid his clash with Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny

Taylor 6

Committed and purposeful – typical Burnley values – but Willian stretched him

Brady 6

Booked for pointless spat with Saka, but industry has its value

Brownhill 7

Worked hard to plug the gaps, involved for opener at near post

Westwood 6

On the receiving end of Xhaka’s irascible temper

Burnley players celebrate taking the lead against Arsenal
Burnley players celebrate taking the lead against Arsenal

McNeil 7

That left foot is sweeter than a dessert trolley

Wood 6

Dreadful miss from free header six yards out but still a handful

Rodriguez 5

Left to feed off scraps but battled hard to keep Arsenal defence occupied

SUBS: Barnes (Rodriguez, 58) 6, Vydra (Wood, 70) 6

Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Long, Dunne, Benson.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *