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Arsenal go second with victory over Burnley

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Havertz ends goal drought, shoots Arsenal to top of Premier League

Arsenal moved level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City courtesy of a hard-fought victory over beleaguered Burnley.

The Gunners had struggled to break down a disciplined Clarets side for much of the first half but broke the visitors’ resistance on the stroke of half-time when Leandro Trossard bravely nodded in at the far post for Arsenal’s 1,000th goal at Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel’s deflection of Josh Brownhill’s low shot into the net gave Burnley an equalizer eight minutes into the second half, but the visitors were only at parity for three minutes before William Saliba headed into Trossard’s corner from close range.

Oleksandr Zinchenko completed the scoring with an acrobatic finish into the top corner after Dara O’Shea had inadvertently steered another Trossard corner onto the crossbar.

Arsenal finished the game with 10 men after second-half substitute Fabio Vieira was shown a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Brownhill, but the Gunners held on comfortably.

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Burnley stay in the relegation zone while Arsenal trail league leaders City on goal difference, although Pep Guardiola’s team can restore their three-point lead with a victory at Chelsea on Sunday.

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