Following last weekend’s contentious 1-0 loss to Newcastle United, Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-1 triumph over Burnley at Emirates Stadium yesterday.
The Gunners won thanks to goals from Leandro Trossard, William Saliba, and Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Fabio Vieira’s 83rd-minute red card couldn’t keep them from taking all three points.
The Ukraine international defender put Arsenal fans’ minds at ease with his first goal of the season as Burnley looked to rebound after Josh Brownhill had cancelled out Trossard’s effort, and his technique for the goal was outstanding.
Jurrien Timber was certainly taken aback by the acrobatic finish, as he responded on Instagram with an emoji that told it all.
Zinchenko does not always score, but his performance yesterday demonstrated that he can do so on a consistent basis if he continues to put himself in good positions.
Arsenal needs goals from all areas to improve their chances of winning the Premier League title, and having two defenders score on Saturday helps.
The result brought them equal on points with leaders Manchester City, and they will be optimistic about their chances of challenging the reigning champions this season.
Arsenal has had a slew of injuries this season, so the international break couldn’t have come at a better time.
They return to action on November 25 against Brentford at Gtech Community Stadium, and manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping for some injury relief.
The Gunners need all the squad depth they can get if they are to win a major trophy this season, and the frequent knocks aren’t helping.
They will be compelled to reinforce their ranks during the January transfer window, and they must do so well to prevent another season-ending disappointment.