Martin Odegaard’s sublime free kick in the first half secured a 1-0 Premier League win for Arsenal at Burnley.
The Gunners lifted the gloom by starting their season with a win over Norwich City last weekend and doubled their point total at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Odegaard scored his first goal since returning to the club on a permanent Real Madrid contract with a classy moment that was sorely lacking in a flat first half.
Referee Anthony Taylor overturned his decision after awarding Matej Vydra a penalty with 20 minutes remaining as Burnley failed to secure his first top-level victory of the season in a week in which boss Sean Dyche signed a new contract.
Ashley Barnes set a free header from 12 yards and Arsenal struggled to break the Clarets before opening the scoring at the half hour.
Bukayo Saka was knocked down by Ashley Westwood as he made his way to the penalty area and Odegaard punished the midfielder, folding a lavish left-footed strike into the upper left corner about 20 yards away.
Emile Smith Rowe came close to the second with a first shot that flew just over the crossbar after Nicolas Pepe picked him up and there were boos from Burnley fans when the whistle of halftime has sounded.
Smith Rowe failed to complete a skillful move after Burnley applied pressure early in the second half.
Maxwel Cornet came in on his Burnley debut with Vydra 11 minutes after the break and he approached the equalizer shortly after being introduced, with Aaron Ramsdale tipping the Ivorian international’s shot from within. the surface above the bar.
Vydra received a free kick when Ramsdale was on trial for knocking him down following a bad back pass from Ben White, but referee Taylor ruled the keeper touched the ball after checking the monitor ground.
What does it mean? Gunners show steel
Mikel Arteta said he could see “the light at the end of the tunnel” after the victory over Norwich and the Spaniard has more reason to be optimistic after this combat victory.
There should be a lot more to come from Arsenal from an offensive standpoint, but Arteta will be delighted with how they dug for a clean sheet – although Burnley’s lack of quality in the final third was also a major factor.
The Clarets club’s record-breaking streak at home in the league stands at 13 and they are second last with just one point in five matches.
Ramsdale cements first place
New signing Ramsdale has failed to concede a goal in his three appearances for the Gunners since his transfer from Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old got his foot right and although he only had to make three saves, his handling was excellent in an imposing display as Bernd Leno watched from the bench.
White is doing
While Gabriel was rock solid at the heart of Arsenal’s defense, Ben White seemed fragile at times.
The England international has been too casual with the ball on more than one occasion and he reportedly heaved a huge sigh of relief when Burnley was denied a penalty following a VAR check.
The Gunners are at home against AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before a derby with rivals Tottenham next Sunday, while Burnley will entertain Rochdale on Tuesday.