A tough yet hugely positive day in the office came to an end as Arsenal overcame Burnley at the Emirates. Unai Emery’s side took the lead with Alexandre Lacazette in the first-half before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half winner sealed the tie.
Two wins on the bounce should fill Arsenal fans with a ton of confidence. However, there is a lot to still improve on ahead of the big game against Liverpool this weekend. Here are three talking points we picked up from the win against Burnley.
Has Dani Ceballos replaced Santi Cazorla:
Dani Ceballos brought a gift with him on his home debut which reminded all Arsenal fans of Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard brought back the memories of the little magician and if that’s the sign of things to come, we can be excited for the rest of the season.
Ceballos assisted both goals and ran the show from the first minute until he was replaced by Lucas Torreira in the final stages of the game. His quick feet, flair on the ball, skill to get past multiple people and a big smile on his face was reminiscent of Cazorla who is still adored by almost every Arsenal fan.
A mixed debut for David Luiz:
The former Chelsea man looked comfortable on the ball, commanding in the air and very vocal with the players around him. His experience helped the team remain calm and his ability to use his feet well helped us play out from the back much better than we used to before.
However, Luiz made just one error in the entire game and that cost Bernd Leno his clean sheet. His lapse in concentration saw Ashley Barnes stay onside and finish an easy chance beyond Bernd Leno to level the game.
Nacho Monreal deserves the captain’s armband:
The Spanish full-back took over the captain’s armband from Granit Xhaka who missed the game due to a back injury and played one of his best games since the start of last season. Ageing like fine wine, Monreal silenced all his doubters with a top performance against the Clarets on Saturday.
With Tierney unavailable till about October and Kolasinac being a liability defensively, Monreal will be key for us this season. Emery is yet to pick the club captain and Monreal has to be the favourite to get the armband.