2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14', 48')
  • Alex Iwobi (90'+1')
  • Ashley Barnes (63')

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hits top spot in scoring charts with two in Arsenal win over Burnley

Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Aubameyang double downs Burnley (1:59)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to goal-scoring form as Arsenal overcame the challenge of Burnley. (1:59)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to go to the top of the Premier League scoring charts as Arsenal beat Burnley 3-1.

Unai Emery's men came into this match looking to get back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats had ended their 22-match unbeaten run, while the visitors were looking to build upon an impressive performance in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Emery handed Mesut Ozil the captaincy and the German appeared to take inspiration from the armband as he helped set up the opening goal with a sublime pass. Ozil spotted Sead Kolasinac running towards the back post and played the ball perfectly into his path.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international flicked the ball back to Aubameyang, who found the bottom corner for his 11th Premier League goal of the season to give Arsenal a 13th minute lead.

Tempers threatened to boil over 10 minutes before half-time with Ashley Barnes and Sokratis Papastathopoulos wrestling each other to the ground -- an incident which saw the Burnley man booked by referee Kevin Friend.

But, despite leading at half-time for the first time this season, it was not all good news for Arsenal as their injury crisis worsened with Nacho Monreal forced off on 37 minutes and replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Arsenal seemed to have put the result to bed just three minutes after the break when Aubameyang fired past Joe Hart to go above Mohamed Salah as the outright Premier League top scorer with 12.

However, they were pegged back on 62 minutes after their defence failed to clear the ball and Barnes drilled a shot into the corner.

Following the goal, Arsenal looked rattled and the Burnley forward players looked to enter the home side's box much more frequently. Barnes was fuming when he was adjudged to have committed a foul after working his way into the six-yard box.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche then took the unusual decision to replace his to forward for different pair of strikers as Barnes and Chris Wood came off for Sam Vokes and Matej Vydra as he looked to make it 2-2-.

But, just after the referee's decision to add five minutes of stoppage time had created a nervous energy around the stadium. Alex Iwobi made the game safe with a late third.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16