That was an untidy game between two teams low on confidence, and Sean Dyche should not give a flying out about any of that. It’s a big win for Burnley, who move out of the relegation places as a result. Arsenal were the better team until Granit Xhaka was sent off for being a moron, and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of all people, settled the match with an own goal. Arsenal have lost four consecutive league games at home for the first time since 1959.
90+4 min Saka’s free-kick is punched away by Pope, who takes out Tarkowski in the process. Arsenal play on with Tarkowski down in the area. Tierney crosses towards Gabriel, whose off-balance header is easily saved. Pope throws the ball straight out of play so that Tarkowski can receive treatment.
88 min Arsenal are starting to apply some pressure. Saka lofts a good pass to Aubameyang on the left of the area, but he slips over as he shapes to shoot. The other game, since you asked, is still Leicester 3-0 Brighton.
83 min “How about Norwich in 1994-95?” says Richard Franks. “Two seasons previously they came third in the Prem (having led for much of the season), and in the previous season had a decent UEFA Cup run in which they knocked out Bayern Munich.”
That’s true, though they then sold Chris Sutton and Ruel Fox. The most surprising/shocking thing about their relegation is that they were something like seventh at Christmas. I still think it was a surprise rather than a shock though.
77 min Arsenal are hanging on. Westwood’s free-kick is flicked on by Brownhill and blocked by Gabriel in front of goal. The ball rebounds to Taylor, whose fierce shot from the edge of the area deflects wide.
68 min To clarify, Xhaka was originally booked for the foul on McNeil, and then given a straight red after consultation with VAR for trying to throttle Ashley Westwood. That’s good going, even by his standards.
64 min “Re: shocking relegations – surely Newcastle 2008/09 has to be up there?” says Ben Blatch-Hanlon. “Not quite the team from the late 90s/early 2000s that challenged for the league and was a regular in Europe, but still should have been more than good enough not to go down!”
I’d say that was more of a surprise than a shock, though this might be false memory syndrome.