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Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s ‘commitment and attitude’ to win at Burnley |  Football news


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was impressed with his side’s fighting qualities after a 1-0 win at Burnley brought them back-to-back Premier League wins.

Martin Odegaard’s free kick in the first half put Arsenal ahead at Turf Moor and they held on for three points to ease the pressure on Arteta further.

The Gunners were grateful to referee Anthony Taylor for overturning his decision to give Burnley a second-half penalty as they followed last week’s first league win of the season against Norwich with three more points .

Arteta said: “It was a hotly contested victory in a place that is really difficult to come and win. You have to be ready for a fight.

“They are doing very well what they are doing. We started very well, we had some great phases where we saw a lot of things that I wanted as a team.

“[Burnley] divide the two blocks a lot and then you have to defend the crosses and the long balls and we did it really well. The commitment and attitude that my players showed throughout the game is what appeals to me the most. “

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Odegaard’s superb 25-yard free kick, after Ashley Barnes tripped Bukayo Saka, proved decisive.

Burnley was aggrieved by referee Taylor’s half-turn after substitute Matej Vydra fell into the box under challenge from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, but Arteta insisted that VAR’s intervention resulted in the good choice.

The Spaniard said: “The assistant said right away that it was not a penalty. You have to cancel that.

“I hope it can build confidence and the belief that we can win in tough games. We need more consistency on this.”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche claims the Clarets’ poor penalty shootout record meant he expected the one they received against Arsenal loss to be called off

Burnley’s winless run at home in the Premier League has been extended to 13 appearances in total and they have taken just one point in their opening five appearances this season.

Dyche and his players were enraged by the penalty decision, but then accepted that Ramsdale made contact with the ball before cutting Vydra.

The Burnley boss said: “It’s not a major surprise with our penalty record. I have to say the goalkeeper touched it, I’ve seen it, so in theory it’s not cheap.

Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s ‘commitment and attitude’ to win at Burnley |  Football news
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Ben Mee faces referee Anthony Taylor after penalty kick for Burnley

“You might ask yourself why [VAR intervened], if not a clear and obvious error, but it was obviously to go to the VAR screen.

“Last season [against Leeds] that of (Patrick) Bamford is given, this season not, but sometimes that’s how it goes. “





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