Arsenal gained their second win in the latest season of Premier League because of Martin Odegaard’s 30th-minute free-kick with a 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday at Turf Moor.
The Norwegian football player propelled the ball into the top angle on Nick Pope’s goal, earning the Gunners six points.
Mikel Arteta’s side had failed their opening three matches of the season but eventually made a score in the match against Norwich City last week. The team now is preparing for their North London derby match against Tottenham with two victories in their hands.
Arteta said, “It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place. You have to be ready for a fight. We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win. I’m very proud of them defensively and I’m really pleased with the win. It’s two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let’s go again. We have a lot to catch up on.”
Ghanaian player Thomas Partey made his first debut for Arsenal to kick-off the BBC football season, along with Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe, the triumvirate created a well-balanced side for Arteta.
After the fine work down the left by Kierney, Nicolas Pepe had the opening chance of the match, but the winger could not take advantage of the pass into the near post.
Sean Dyche’s team struggled to establish any rhythm, with Chris Wood’s header going wide after he was left unguarded in the field.
After Bukayo Saka’s heels were pinched by Ashley Westwood outside the range, Odegaard’s free-kick put Arsenal ahead at the interval, forcing Dyche to figure out how to change the tide.
The Burnley’s head put Czech striker Matej Vydra into the mix along with Maxwel Cornet who was making his first debut for Burnley, the change lifted the spirits of the Burney fans.
However, the Clarets thought that they could turn things around when Vydra intercepted the ball from Arsenal goalie Aaron Ramsdale for Burnley but Ramsdale retaliated by sticking out his leg to undermine the striker and the referee initially pointed to the spot as a penalty for the Gunners.
However, when the VAR review came in, the referee revoked his decision upon seeing the replay portraying that Ramsdale indeed won the ball.
Throughout the match, the Clarets were shooting balls into the penalty zone but were not able to find winnings not until Maxwel Cornet found Jay Rodriguez struggling in the last moments but still both players weren’t able to turn the momentum around.
Dyche Is Still Pleased
Burnley fell in 19th place having no wins with just a single point from their matches before but still, Dyche who has recently signed for a four-year contract for the Clarets remained pleased with the gameplay of his athletes.
Dyche said, “We created a couple of good-ish chances. We took the game on fantastically well, but you’ve got to find that killer edge. I thought we defended very well today and limited Arsenal to very few chances, which is difficult to do.”
“It’s very rare that we dominate a game today as we did against them. That clinical edge in both boxes is important. That was a really strong performance in the end,” he added.
Odegaard’s breathtaking kick may bring Arsenal to the next round but if there is something that can be taken away from this match is Gunner’s patience. The Clarets are obviously playing not to lose but not playing to win. Also, it is important to know the dynamics of each of the individual players within the team setting and also on the field, but anyways, good for the Gunners. For exciting odds on matches like this, please visit 12Play.