Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka gifted a weird equalizer to Burnley in a 1-1 draw within the Premier League on Saturday that additional broken his group’s probabilities of reaching the European qualification positions.
Xhaka acquired a go from goalkeeper Bernd Leno inside Arsenal’s penalty space and tried a dangerous go round Burnley striker Chris Wooden to teammate David Luiz along with his weaker proper foot. The ball went straight to Wooden and deflected into the online off the striker’s hip within the thirty ninth minute.
“There’s at all times threat to play out from the again however that is our type,” Leno mentioned. “I feel we’ve got greater than sufficient conditions the place it really works to our benefit.”
That aim canceled out a sixth-minute opener by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a recreation that solely actually got here to life within the remaining quarter-hour.
After Arsenal was denied a penalty for an obvious handball towards substitute Erik Pieters, the Burnley defender appeared to offer away a spot kick in a separate incident within the 84th when a goal-bound volley from Nicolas Pepe appeared to strike Pieters’ arm and deflect onto the crossbar.
Pieters was initially proven a purple card, however VAR regarded on the incident and deemed the ball hit his shoulder, so each the awarding of the penalty and the sending-off had been overturned.
“I’m a fan of VAR,” Burnley supervisor Sean Dyche mentioned. “We all know it needs to be streamlined however that’s the place it’s value its weight in gold.”
Burnley additionally got here near snatching victory, with Leno first tipping over a dipping long-range effort from Pieters earlier than saving along with his ft from Wooden.
Then, within the remaining seconds, Arsenal substitute Dani Ceballos struck the submit following a goalmouth scramble.
“It’s a extremely powerful place to return on a troublesome pitch, however I’ve to say we should always have scored the massive probabilities we had,” Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta mentioned. “If you miss the possibilities we had, and you don’t get selections, it’s difficult to win soccer video games.”
On the primary penalty incident involving Pieters, when the ball struck his outstretched left arm after coming off the boot of Pepe, Arteta mentioned: “If that isn’t a penalty, then somebody wants to elucidate what one is.”
Arsenal began the sport 9 factors from the European spots and has solely 11 video games left. This newest setback may even see Arteta focus much more on the Europa League, the place Arsenal is into the final 16 and faces Olympiakos over two legs. The Europa League winner qualifies for the Champions League.
Burnley moved seven factors away from the relegation zone.
This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.