Granit Xhaka was the guilty party as Arsenal dropped points against Burnley at Turf Moor, with the Swiss midfielder’s poorly judged pass in his own penalty area cannoning into the goal off the hip of Clarets forward Chris Wood late in the second half.
It was a game in which VAR showed its good side when Burnley left-back Erik Pieters was wrongly deemed to used his arm to block a goal-bound shot from Nicolas Pepe late on. He was shown a red card and Arsenal were awarded a penalty, but replays showed the ball struck the Dutchman’s shoulder and the decision was rightly overturned on review.
However, the same player was arguably fortunate that he wasn’t penalised for an earlier handball in the penalty area. VAR surprisingly wasn’t used to look at the decision.
The contest generally lacked attacking quality for most of the 90 minutes, although late saves from Bernd Leno and a flurry of late Arsenal chances threatened to give either side the win. In the end, the points were probably deservedly shared.