To denounce Arsenal, who had Granit Xhaka sent off to a fourth straight home defeat, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed into his own net.
Granit Xhaka was sent off by Arsenal as they slid into an insipid 1-0 loss to Burnley at the Emirates Stadium – contributing to the woes of Mikel Arteta.
Nick Pope was forced into a number of saves by the Gunners, but their hopes of sealing a first Premier League victory since the November 1 win over Manchester United were hit when Xhaka was dismissed shortly before the hour mark for grabbing the throat of Ashley Westwood.
As Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed into his own net from Ashley Westwood’s corner, to the dismay of 2,000 returning Gunners fans, their suffering was compounded in the 73rd minute.
Arsenal, who for the first time since December 1959 have now lost four consecutive top-flight home games, remains in 15th position with 13 points, while the Clarets step up to 17th place.
In the Europa League on Thursday, the hosts made 10 changes from the side that defeated Dundalk, and began slowly. After 13 minutes, they were expected to fall behind, but an unmarked Chris Wood inexplicably headed wide from eight yards.
On the other hand, Rob Holding went over while Alexandre Lacazette was denied by Pope’s leg after being picked out by Kieran Tierney inside the penalty area.
At the beginning of the second half, before Xhaka’s moment of madness, the Burnley goalkeeper denied Tierney and Bukayo Saka in fast succession.
Referee Graham Scott upgraded the Switzerland international’s initial caution for pawing at Westwood to a red card after he saw the incident on a pitchside monitor.
Since Arteta took over in December 2019, that was the sixth Premier League red card for the Gunners-double that of any other side in the same era.
Mohamed Elneny was lucky not to obtain his marching orders shortly afterward as well, only a yellow card was warranted by Scott determining his push on James Tarkowski.
However, Aubameyang going past Bernd Leno from Westwood’s corner to ensure an awkward few days for Arteta did not last long for Arsenal’s reprieve.