Arsenal huffed and puffed for the best part of an hour, but finally broke down a stubborn Burnley defence and, in the end, comfortably scooped up all three points thanks to a 3-0 win.
Let’s get to those Arsenal player ratings then…
A virtual bystander for much of the match, Burnley rarely threatened but the Polish international did what he had to with minimal fuss.
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Big day for the Arsenal defender. Provided the assist for Alexis Sanchez’s opener in the second half and then grabbed a goal of his own - his first in the Premier League.
The big German is perfect for these sorts of games. He was experienced and calm at the back.
It’s not his natural position, and you have to take that into account when rating his performance, but Arsene Wenger cannot continue to put the Spaniard in at centre-back. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.
Passed a late fitness test to take his place, and was solid throughout. Just making it through the game is reason to celebrate for Arsenal fans.
Not the best performance from the Spaniard, as the Gunners were obviously lacking the dynamism of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey. Arteta was replaced with half an hour to go by Ramsey, and Arsenal promptly scored.
With Wilshere out and Ramsey on the bench, Arsenal were always going to toil partnering Flamini and Arteta. Arsenal know what they’re getting with the Frenchman, but grit and grind isn’t much good at home against a team like Burnley.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
A welcome return to form for the The Ox - he looked very bright throughout and threatened Burnley’s backline. Replaced by the returning Theo Walcott with 10 minutes to play.
Plenty of opportunities for Cazorla to get on the scoresheet, but overall a good performance. Just a little bit wasteful on occasion.
Magnificient. The Chilean international was by far and away Arsenal’s best player, opening the scoring with a header. Even before that, he looked the most likely and his work rate was an inspiration to his teammates. Fully deserved his second goal late on.
Another solid performance from Welbeck, whose shot acted as an assist for Chambers’ goal that made it 2-0. Full of running, his link-up play with Sanchez looks very promising. Replaced by Podolski late on.
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