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.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ben Mee
Ben Mee saved the point for Burnley late on | Pool/Getty Images
Dwight McNeil, Nicolas Pepe
Dwight McNeil didn’t do enough to ask questions of Arsenal | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

3. Forwards

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Matej Vydra never gave Arsenal’s defenders any peace | PETER POWELL/Getty Images
Erik Pieters
Erik Pieters made an inch perfect block with his shoulder | Pool/Getty Images

Arsenal player ratings

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Two crucial saves from Bernd Leno earned Arsenal a point | JON SUPER/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Granit Xhaka
A moment of Granit Xhaka madness cost Arsenal the win | Pool/Getty Images
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang was mostly anonymous after his early goal | Pool/Getty Images

8. Substitutes

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe had two golden chances to score a winner | Pool/Getty Images

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Burnley 1-1 Arsenal: Player ratings as Granit Xhaka error sees points shared
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