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Aubameyang and Lacazette send Arsenal top of the table with narrow win over Burnley

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates regaining the lead for the hosts at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates regaining the lead for the hosts at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal went top of the Premier League, for a few hours at least, when they edged to a narrow 2-1 win over Burnley in Saturday's early kick-off.

It took Arsenal only 13 minutes to take the lead, with Alexandre Lacazette opening the scoring for the Gunners.

A corner found Lacazette on the edge of the six-yard box and the French striker showed strength to turn Erik Pieters and fire a low shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Pope was unable to hold Reiss Nelson's powerful strike after 35 minutes, relying on Ben Mee to clear the danger, but he did react quickly to stick out his left boot and block Matteo Guendouzi's goalbound drive soon after.

Burnley, who had struggled to create goalscoring chances, found their equaliser two minutes before half-time, when Dwight McNeil's shot deflected kindly for Ashley Barnes to slot home from close range.

Nelson thought he had restored Arsenal's lead before half-time but saw the effort ruled out for offside against Nacho Monreal, who had supplied the pass.

Nelson was replaced for the second half, with Emery sending on Pepe for his second substitute appearance of the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went close for Arsenal after the interval, drilling a shot just off target from 20 yards before Pope denied the striker with a smart block.

Pope then produced an impressive diving save to his left to keep out a curler from Ceballos.

However, he was eventually beaten for a second time when Aubameyang cut inside and found the bottom-left corner of the net from the edge of the box.

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