Mikel Arteta identified what gave Arsenal a slim victory over Burnley

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The manager of Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta, said he was happy with the performance of his players during their league game against Burnley.

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, Arsenal visited Turf Moor for their 5th Premier League game of the 2021-2022 season.

To the dismay of many Arsenal fans, the London-based club took an early lead in the Premier League game. Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard scored in the 30th minute.

After the goal, coach Mikel Arteta and his boys were able to contain the home team until the end of the Premier League game.

Before the game ended, Burnley gave Arsenal a big scare in the second half when referee Anthony Taylor awarded Burnley a spot-kick. However, the Video Assistant Referee overruled the decision in the 70th minute.

“It was a hard-fought victory in a place that is tough to come and win”, Mikel Arteta said. “You have to be ready for a fight.

“They do well what they do. We started well, we had some big phases where we saw a lot of things I wanted as a team.

“[Burnley] split the two blocks very much and then you have to defend crosses and long balls and we did that well. The commitment and the attitude that my players showed throughout the game is the most pleasing thing for me.”

VAR intervention: Mikel Arteta and the Burnley coach are happy

Mikel Arteta identified what gave Arsenal a slim victory over Burnley
Martin Odegaard celebrates his 30th-minute goal against Burnley.

The manager of the Arsenal football club, Mikel Arteta believes that the consistent intervention of the VAR (when necessary) could boost the confidence of his team.

Hence, he applauded the input of the assistant referee that overturned the spot-kick awarded to Burnley saying: “The assistant was saying straight away it’s not a penalty. You have to overturn that.

“Hopefully this can build confidence and trust and belief that we can win in difficult matches. We need more consistency on that.”

In the same vein, the coach of Burnley, Sean Dyche did not have issues with the intervention of the VAR during the Premier League game. He has accepted that the offense was not worth a spot-kick.

The coach said: “It’s not a major surprise with our penalty record. I must say the ‘keeper does get a touch on it, I’ve seen it back, so in theory that doesn’t get given.

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

“Last season [against Leeds] the one on (Patrick) Bamford gets given, this season that doesn’t, but that’s sometimes the way it goes.”