English Premier League Sport

Aubameyang keep Gunners in top-four hunt

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates.

Aubameyang’s 11th goal of the campaign handed Arsenal a half-time lead in the Premier League for the first time this season.

The Gabon international then added a clinical second on the counter on 48 minutes to take his tally to 12 for the season.

Ashley Barnes pulled a goal back for Burnley but Alex Iwobi’s third in stoppage-time saw Arsenal end a two-game losing streak that moves them level with fourth-place Chelsea and leaves the Clarets in the relegation zone.

A pulsating start saw both sides register attempts on goal in the opening three minutes, as Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ low drive drew Joe Hart into a reflex save, seconds before Ashley Westwood’s effort to flicked behind off the foot of Bernd Leno at the end of an immediate Burnley counter.

Granit Xhaka called Hart into action on seven minutes with a curling effort from the edge of the area, and it was not long until the Arsenal pressure told.

Mesut Ozil, restored to the Arsenal line-up as captain, dissected the Burnley defence with a pass which Sead Kolasinac kept in play, allowing Aubameyang to drift into through the static defence to poke home into the far corner.

Barnes and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were involved to two heated altercations before the interval, but the Gunners kept their heads to go into the break ahead for the first time in the league this season.

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