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Burnley 1-1 Arsenal: Gunners settle for a point at Turf Moor as Granit Xhaka’s howler deflected off Chris Wood to equalise Aubameyang’s opener

Burnley and Arsenal play out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead in the first before Granit Xhaka blasted the ball off Chris Wood in front of his own goal to allow the hosts to level.

Wood had a great chance to score a second but was denied by Bernd Leno.

Nicolas Pepe missed a kick and hit the bar for the visitors before Dani Ceballos ruffled the post late on as Mikel Arteta’s men were unable to snatch a late winner.

But once given the let-off by Xhaka, Burnley did not look back and Arsenal lost their way. Party found himself bullied by Matej Vydra in front of his own goal.

Saka was booked for the first of several eye-watering challenges. And when opportunity knocked, there was no finish.

Tierney’s expertly timed ball into Nicolas Pepe’s path could not have been better weighted but the Frenchman managed an air shot.

The unfathomable nature of VAR denied Arsenal a legitimate penalty appeal when substitute Erik Pieters appeared to have directed an arm towards a ball Pepe tried to lift over him on the edge of the area.

The new IFAB rules dictate that no penalty should be awarded if there is no intent, thought this looked like a case of old-fashioned handling. There was no official VAR adjudication.

But the system did prevent the penalty and red card issued by Andre Marriner after Pieters had got in front of Pepe’s volley. The ball had hit his shoulder.

Arsenal’s late drive for the points saw Ben Mee and James Tarkowski cap huge performances.

Mee’s block from Aubameyang a decisive, Dani Ceballos, another substitute, drive the ball against the upright and Arsenal were left with the point that leaves the Europa League spots looking a very tall order.

Next up for Burnley in the Premier League is a trip to Everton. While Arsenal plays the Europa League next Thursday away at Olympiacos.

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