Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Gunners move to second spot after Trossard, Saliba and Zinchenko seal victory

Fabio Vieira is handed a straight red card but Arsenal ease to comfortable win over Burnley at the Emirates

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Gunners move to second spot after Trossard, Saliba and Zinchenko seal victory

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley

Goals from William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko sealed victory for Arsenal after James Trafford leveller Leandro Trossard's opener.

In a rare 3pm kick-off on a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon in North London, Mikel Arteta's side eased into second place in the Premier League, capitalising on Wolves' late victory over Spurs in the lunchtime kick-off.

Despite dominating the opening stages, Trossard's opener came in the first half injury time, when the former Brighton attacker showed bravery to nod home Bukayo Saka's corner while clattering into Clarets keeper James Trafford.

Vincent Kompany's side might be second bottom of the table, but they came out full of intent at the start of the second half. Their positivity rewarded when Josh Brownhill fired past David Raya on 54 minutes, even if his shot took a deflection off Gunners Brazilian centre-back Gabriel to make the score 1-1.

However, it was Arsenal's other centre-back who put the home side back in control a mere 180 seconds later. Saliba emphatically heading home Trossard's corner for 2-1.

Worse was to come for Kompany's Clarets as Zinchenko showed athleticism and anticipation to fires home through a crowded box into Trafford's far corner to make it 3-1 on 74 minutes.

Substitute Fabio Vieira - who replaced the underwhelming Kai Havertz on the hour mark, received a straight red card after his high challenge was deemed worthy of exclusion - after referee Michael Oliver had not booked a single player in the preceding 83 minutes.

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