Arsenal made it two wins from two in the league this season with a 2-1 victory over a physical Burnley side.

The Gunners two strikers, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, grabbed the goals, but on his home debut loan signing Dani Ceballos really caught the eye with a man of the match performance.

Read the report and see the goals here.

Here’s how the players rated this afternoon. Please note: We still have to get some updated images and numbers for some of the squad, but we’ll sort that out soon.

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Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Not difficult to pick the MOTM here. I’m glad we “wasted £15m” on the Ceballos loan signing.

Kostas
Kostas

I for one didn’t like it.
Now I feel embarrassed

Vescucci
Vescucci

Takes a big man to admit it

Iron Ljung
Iron Ljung

I too had reservations – quite wrong I was! He was excellent today, took to the Premier League like a duck to water.

HansRott
HansRott

I really thought that Ramsey’s departure was going to leave a significant vacuum. Now that I’ve seen Ceballos that’s no longer the case.

Such a pity we couldn’t include an ‘option to buy’.

Let’s hope that no matter how well he does for us RM still won’t have room for him. That, or we can convince him to hang around for a proper long-term contract.

Nick
Nick

Ramsey’s departure would “leave a significant vacuum?” You’re having a laugh. We won’t miss him at all, mate.

Goonshow
Goonshow

Some of us will always miss a stand-up bloke, who had his leg broken for our club, never ever complained, worked his nuts off, and always showed only class in every way he represented us.
Something sadly lacking in your above comment. The Lane is just down the road mate….

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

There’s always an option to buy – it’s just the price we might not like. The better he does, the more expensive he’ll be – a wonderful dilemma 🙂

Saqib
Saqib

Do we have the option to buy him on this January

Mpls
Mpls

Not contractually, no. Odal means if we offer him and Real enough money theoretically that’s one option for us to TRY to buy. But we have no guarantees.

Billy
Billy

Mommy can we keep him?

Goonerjag
Goonerjag

It’s “mummy” in these here parts, sonny Jim!

Longfellow
Longfellow

Good performance I thought. Ceballos looked very decent; just what we need.

Adams9802
Adams9802

Please with the overall energy. The defense will get better especially when our first choice outside backs get back. Excellent strikes and a win that shows we can dig them out when required.

Arcade
Arcade

outside backs, thats the first time I read someone call fullbacks outside backs. make sense though

Gunner Comment
Gunner Comment

Full backs mate

Mpls
Mpls

Which semantically makes no sense, of course, as they’re rarely fully back.
But yes, they’re called fullbacks.

I believe it is a remnant of how teams lined up and played positions in days of yore.

David Hilliers Arm Cast
David Hilliers Arm Cast

Happy with the youngsters and new boys. Tiny bit worried about Pepe’s reluctance to pass after some dazzling foot work, but can’t be too mad with 3 points.

COYG

Rich
Rich

Is there a better 20yr old in the league that Guendouzi?

We need to tie him down ASAP

Sean
Sean

Signed a new and improved contract after the end of last season if I’m not mistaken 👍 Talks were certainly underway

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner

I loved the win. Great start. Much required 3 points. But something seems to be missing

In Loving m'Emery
In Loving m'Emery

Torreira and Ceballos together, and Bellerin, that’s what we’re missing

Darren Jennings
Darren Jennings

Having seen a great deal of him. Tierney is the only thing missing.
This lad is the real deal.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Agreed. But there were new partnerships all through the team. Will take a little time for the cohesion to come probably. At least the spirit looked right and you could see the individual quality

Mentally Drained Gooner
Mentally Drained Gooner

But next weekend is Liverpool. Although even they don’t seem bulletproof in defense I worry for our defense

Mike22122
Mike22122

I’d be worried in a 4 man defence but a back 3 worries me less. Think we might get something if we hit them on the counter given our pace. The only concern I’d have then is if God forbid we have a dc injury and he who must not be named appears.

Bobby Digital
Bobby Digital

I think what’s missing is a tighter defence. Allowing Burnley 18 shots on target is a bit of a worry. Top 5 teams could find the back of the net with some of those shots. But overall, it was a good performance especially by Dani (Carzola’s replacement that the team has been missing?), Willock (hybrid of Viera with Diaby’s control) and Douzy (great performance and seeing as he’s only 20, excited!). But Torreira will have to be included against the champions league winners. Long exciting season up ahead, especially when you consider Bellerin, Holding and Tierney are yet to come. COYG!

Austin
Austin

A DM (Sangare) and a right footed left winger that can penetrate, dribble and fast ( Dani Olmo or Sophomore Jota)

Been long I felt this vibe

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Finally someone who calms everyone the fuck down when he receives the ball from the defence. Already preparing my heart for when his loan ends ☹

Ross
Ross

Good result and performance. Glad to see willock continue the good start and a great performance from ceballos, full of energy and quality. Thought the ratings for the defence were a bit generous. We struggled with the route 1 approach and lost a lot of aerial duels

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

We won’t play too many sides whose sole tactic is lumping the ball forward to the village blacksmith. I thought we managed so much better than we have in recent years. A significant step forward.

Kostas
Kostas

It is real hard to keep my feet on the ground right now. I am excited with this mix of experienced quality troops and young dynamic talents.

However I wonder if we are a bit overboard for a 2-1 win over Burnley which could be relegated this season.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Tbf I think Burnley look pretty decent this year – at least in that Stokey sort of way.

They were pretty lucky with their goal/our disallowed one. Most teams won’t put up so much of a challenge at the Emirates. We did well to get the win, and deserve it too

Afiyen gunner
Afiyen gunner

Naaaaaa!!!!!! I don’t think so, Burnley is a very decent side and they just won their last match 3 – 0 against Southampton.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Good result. Can see that there is real potential in this team when they all get properly match fit and on the same wavelength. Plenty of reasons for optimism.
Burnley are well on their way to being the new stoke for me tho, fouling, whinging grunts. At least we keep finding ways to beat them!

In Loving m'Emery
In Loving m'Emery

GuendLuizi

Brand
Brand

Barnes thought arsenal was moving the ball to his goal….
Great match buildup for loserpool 👏

canon fodder
canon fodder

‘Loserpool’? The Champion’s League and Super Cup winners? Oh please grow up!

Qutub
Qutub

It’s only one game but I can see why Madrid didn’t wanna include a buy option at the end of Ceballos loan

Frank
Frank

Hopefully zidane has a great season and signs a new long term deal there

Chrispy
Chrispy

After the short amount of time I’ve seen him Ceballos is just pure quality. Going to enjoy it while we have him as Zidane is going to want him back for sure. Willock is class too. In fact , it’s just great enjoying this Arsenal team again. Bring on Liverpool.

RosaLegend
RosaLegend

Ceballos, but also Nacho, absolutely delightful today!

EmanAfc
EmanAfc

Is Ashley Barnes the second coming of Grant Holt?

Darren Jennings
Darren Jennings

I’m only thumbing you because there isn’t a ‘LOL

Duno
Duno

Barnes is a massive twat no doubt but my bonus rating is 1❤️/1❤️ for Dani’s celebration for Auba’s goal.
Passion! He’s a gooner! Sign him up permanently!

sp0re
sp0re

I did a double take the way the cameras panned to him instead of Auba, thought Dani had scored the way he celebrated!

Duno
Duno

Hahaha! Me too!

North Bank
North Bank

That was passion in purity. I was sitting closest to where Ceballos celebrated. You could see his veins popping out of his neck and face… He is a Gooner!

Dave
Dave

Ceballos bonus point for celebrating his assist like a goal

Kiran Krishnamurthy
Kiran Krishnamurthy

10/10 for surviving Mike Dean. Until next time Mike

Oscandwarf
Oscandwarf

Clearly it’s early in the season and Dean hasn’t yet reached his ‘I-must-be-the-centre-of-attention’ default performance. Lucky us.

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

Was it me or was he an utter cunt all game? Again.

Goonshow
Goonshow

NAh – that’s unfair… to cunts everywhere.

Adams Jnr
Adams Jnr

Loved the look of Ceballos – really reminded me of Santi with his quick feet and ability to play out of tight spaces

Dave
Dave

He’s like a combo of Santi, Cesc and Busquets

Mpls
Mpls

Without the whining and bitching of the latter, of course.

Kiran Krishnamurthy
Kiran Krishnamurthy

Still not very sure if Emery is the man to get us playing that beautiful football again. Might just have to wait for the whole team to gel together and maybe we’ll find our style. 3 points are good though.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby

Don’t worry mate. You are going to be sure after a few more games. In the meantime, enjoy your clouds of uncertainty.

President Eckener
President Eckener

10/10 Arseblog, I’m just now recovering my breath after seeing Luiz’ pic. Well played.

Paul
Paul

Is there a more detestable footballer than Ashley Barnes? He doesn’t challenge any high-ball. Just jumps into the defenders!

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Forever & always – one John Terry

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

We lo he’s English so he’s allowed to do it. Watch Kane every week. Does the same, never gets called.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

I was pleasantly surprised by Nacho. Tbh I thought he was finished at this level, but he contributed well going forward and was solid defensively

Goonshow
Goonshow

Amazing what he can do when he’s allowed to focus on his own role and not worry about covering for a porcelain central defence! Luiz’s calm authority clearly made a huge difference to Nacho’s being able to just play his natural game

IndoGooners
IndoGooners

We need to find a way to sign Ceballos permanently, other than that, we also have a bright future with Willock Guendouzi, and Torreira

Sir Wolcang
Sir Wolcang

Ceballos was amazing and I think Luiz and Papa together makes the whole team feel more confident when we’re under attack. But Willock was quite decent two! He is not even 20 but the way he moves the ball and find spaces is really special! Also it seems like Guendouzi is stepping up his game this year!

Richard
Richard

In another post I said I was disappointed that Guendouzi never passes the ball forward, apparently I was wrong, but I still want him to make it more obvious that he can attack properly.
I think 7 for Pepe is low, he was very impressive with both his dribbling and his movement, he will become a big player for us! Now let’s hope Ceballos’s performance wasn’t a one off either and we can somehow miraculously keep him next summer.

Gordy
Gordy

Ceballos was great, Aubamayang is looking like Henri now but I thought Luis was just what we’ve lacked for many years.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Those are big words. And just as I’d read them, I thought “well, he kinda is, isn’t he” – looks so relaxed, does the simple, intelligent things…

Goonshow
Goonshow

No-one will ever, ever look quite like Henry

chief
chief

on current goal-scoring pace, he is looking 4 goals better actually

My Cousin Vinai
My Cousin Vinai

Ceb gets all the praise and rightfully so,
However special shout out to Luiz. Rasping pass across or box aside, which had my heart in my mouth, it’s great to have a physically imposing CB who marshalled the back four; organising them and ordering them about. Haven’t had that since Per, and it’s something we’ve sorely lacked.

Mike22122
Mike22122

Well now I miss the mertesacker bfg

HansRott
HansRott

Really good performances all round.

Luiz makes us better. Ceballos makes us better. By all accounts Tierney is an upgrade. And although we haven’t seen the best of Pepe yet, the glimpses we had today are more than promising.

Win lose or draw, this season is our most exciting for ages.

'L' incoming
'L' incoming

With some very targeted outgoing buisness this Trasfer window can get as perfect as can be facturing in the loanee on board and the state left from a string of bad windows.

Santori
Santori

Good home performance if still somewhat shaky at the back (as expected)

1) Leno – Maybe needed to come out more for crosses as we struggled for aerial authority off set pieces and corners.

2) Monreal – Did decent going forward, unlucky he was offside for the disallowed but there you go with VAR, Linesman was sharp.

3) SideShowBob – Love the picture. First game so needs to be put in context but that goal conceded, he lost track of Barnes and was too far forward. If it was Mustafi…but older….

4) Sokratis – Fairly solid performance but we struggled in the air today. Would prefer to have continued with Chambers/Sokratis to develop understanding with a main pair. Don’t think we benefit from too much chop and change in at Cback.

5) AMN – Some good moments in tight spaces and again a threat forward. Really gorwing into the role as expected. It IS his Natural Position.

6) Guendouzi – OK. Again love the energy from the young midfielders. BUT maybe also slightly guilty for the goal against us if at least he tried to track back. We are missing a bit of the service from over the top from Granit but Guendouzi otherwise did decent in cameo.

7) Willock – Another great energetic performance. He really has been impressive. Guendouzi and him really add so much more dynamics in the midfield (as with Cebellos). BUt also very mature performance from the young plyaer (well slightly younger than Guendouzi)

8) Cebellos – He’s found his feet really quick. We’ve needed this sort of midfield ball control for a long time since we lost Santi many seasons ago. He’s not Santi but he has the energy of Ramsey bundled in there. Great set piece deliveries, one audactious attempt at goal and a very good high press to allow Auba to score. MOTM. The only down side is I wish we had bought him outright.

9) Auba – He keeps scoring. Another very good goal. You need to get him up to speed to be the real threat. Some moments he can still have been sharper, late on receiving from Pepe , he fluffed the return on a very good counter. BUT a good job again today.

10)Laca – Really should not score from that sort of cover. Its a real line up later with Pepe as well but I think Laca sensibly withdrawn with recent slight knock.

11) Nelson – Good responsible display again. Very nice finish for the disallowed goal. We have 4 or 5 options in the front 3. Nelson does sensible things if he hasn’t entirely got going fully yet which shows his maturity. Love the back tracking as well to stop their overlap.

12) Pepe – Great to see him start second half. Crazy turn and nutmeg should have been rewarded with a goal. Some real movement on the right plus a good pass into Auba. Exciting stuff. More to come , a lot more.

13) Kolasinac – Good to see him back in an offensive role. As mentioned, felt Unai would use him in tandem with Monreal either just ahead on the wing or likely in a back 3. There will be many different permutations how we can line up and no real fixed starters.

14) Torreira – Good to see him back. Great run into box later in game for an opportunity at goal. Another who can add some energy and bite for us in midfield.

Overall a bit shaky and nervy as mentioned and still need to be more fluent going forward but Cebellos up to speed a real plus today. Over to you Ozil.

Gaffer did OK today putting on Pepe. I suppose if we are leaky at the back, we need goals.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Ceb and willock play like that every week Ozil has played his last game.

I agree about Leno. He did not look good coming out for high balls.

Sussexfan
Sussexfan

Where did the Maitland-Niles mark come from, about the only thing he did right was put his shirt on the right way round. His winger was Burnley’s danger and AMN managed to give him 15 yards to weave his magic, plus various miscontrols and wasted passes and attempts. He must concentrate better!

TCGNR
TCGNR

I kind of agree, both AMN and Bellerin tend to give attackers SO much room on the cut-back. Way, way too much time to pick out a cross or shoot. It’s so weird that they both do it. If you look at that Pikku guy on Norwich for instance (4 goals in 2 games), if he gets space like that, he will score. Not to mention Mane, Aguero, Sterling, Kane, etc, etc etc. I do wish our marking were tighter and we made it more uncomfortable for attackers. We allow teams to take way too many shots, even if they aren’t always high quality shots. It’s something that’s always driven me nuts about Bellerin’s game, and same with AMN’s.

PatJ
PatJ

I wish we could also vote MOTM.
Great result. COYG.

charvakan

I wish the manager was rated too. Today, I thought the insertion of Kolasinac to give us a back three was really smart. It seemed to help keep it tight in the back. We needed both Laca and Auba in the starting lineup and we got them. I don’t know what the issue was, but I thought Burnley was getting too much space too often to put in crosses. Emery’s confidence in Willock and Nelson is paying dividends already, and this playing time will make them even better.

Was it Barnes or Wood that planted a knee in Guendouzi’s back? I don’t understand why that wasn’t a yellow. I was thinking “Is this Stoke?” all game.

If we can just keep beating the teams we should beat until Holding, Bellerin, Tierney, and Ozil get fit, the last 28 or 30 games could be a lot of fun.

RosaLegend
RosaLegend

Also, how beautifully satisfying was Luiz’ hip check on Barnes? Time to open up a poll. Who will receive more yellow cards by the end of the season? Luiz, Xhaka or Sokratis?

Goonshow
Goonshow

As I said Luiz is a dodgy fucker… but he’s OUR dodgy fucker now.

Goonshow
Goonshow

And by God we’ve needed one for a while

Tagar
Tagar

Man I can’t stop gushing over Ceballos. Such great close control. Precisely what we’ve needed in midfield since Cazorla.

Frank
Frank

I wish we could keep cabellos already…

Sammy Nelsons Arse
Sammy Nelsons Arse

Minus points for lineo quick to flag and Mike Dean who books Auba for being 8 yards from free kick and lets heavy challenges go unpunished from Burnley’s thugs.

Obi
Obi

Impressive Dan

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Excellent addition to the blog pictures with Luiz as sideshow Bob, you just need to make Guendouzi sideshow Cecil, Mustafi as Hank Scorpio, Leno as Ranier wolfcastle, Bellerin as senor Ding Dong and Silent Stan as Mr Burns (preferably in disguise as Mr Snrub wuth a moustache) for us to achieve peak 90’s

Stateside gooner
Stateside gooner

This is a game that we needed to win and did. Great 2nd half. New signings were a joy to watch. In the last few years these were the type of games we would draw at home or lose on a late set piece. Let’s keep the momentum going and hopefully Ozil can gel with his new mates.

Stateside gooner
Stateside gooner

Pepe showed glimpses of a player that could take us to the top. Love the new blood!

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Thought Willock and Guendouzi formed a really solid midfield base. Xhaxa should be worried. Luiz was good and Ceballos was all over the pitch. Brilliant energy levels. Pepe had some silky touches and he showed he is already understanding our play

Mark
Mark

What a performance by our trio in the middle. Hard to believe they are all so young. Such confidence on the ball and showing for the ball, really exciting to watch the fluidity and technical ability of the three. Just wish there was some way we could make Ceballos’s loan permanent.

Reliz
Reliz

Waiting Pepe to bond into the team and arsenal will be untouchable! It’s many years since we had good options in the midfield and flanks. #4reverarsenal

John
John

Hope we will sign him….with him we will not miss Ramsey

Joe D
Joe D

Mwaaah. Is it just me that can only see a grey box instead of the ratings?!