Arsenal secured their second win of the season after defeating a physical Burnley side by a lone goal. It was not the attacking game we would love to see, but there are three players who were outstanding in the game.
Arteta started the game with a three-man midfield which involves two number 8 and a lone defensive midfielder. This formation is quite different from the 4-2-1-3 formation, which involves two holding midfielders and just one creative midfielder.
The gunners started the game brightly, but as times went on, their pace reduced. Martin Odegaard put the gunners in the 30th minute, after he converted a free kick which Saka won. Thomas and Tierney were substituted in what is suspected to be injuries, and Burnley tried to capitalize on that to get back into the game.
The pressure from Burnley was too much on the gunners, but three players (Gabriel Magalhães, Odegaard, Tomiyasu and Ramsdale) were outstanding towards the end of the game. They showed leadership, strength and determination to win all three points.
Ramsdale did what Leno hardly does, as he commanded his area very well. He made sure his defenders are organized, and he constantly raised his voice to keep them in check.
Odegaard was also superb in the last minutes as he showed no sign of tiredness. He made sure he chased and track back to help the defenders. A scenario in the 90th minutes where the Aubameyang allowed a Burnley player to move the ball, the midfielder tracked back and won the ball.
Tomiyasu was excellent too. Whenever the ball goes to Tomiyasu’s area of the pitch in the air, I feel safe. He just wins every aerial duel. The Japanese is proving Arteta right for signing him.
Gabriel Magalhães was just fantastic. He battled hard with Wood, played some forward passes and made sure the team kept a clean sheet. He was vocal all through the match.
A well deserve three points for the gunners.
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