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The Norwegian’s first goal since his permanent departure from Real Madrid this summer proved decisive as Mikel Arteta’s side relied on last weekend’s home win over struggling Norwich.

Arteta’s side were indebted for a controversial intervention from VAR, which Burnley said deprived them of a penalty in the second half.

Referee Anthony Taylor initially indicated the spot when Burnley substitute Matej Vydra came under challenge from Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, to change his mind after watching the replay.

Burnley led the opening 20 minutes in terms of half chances, with two efforts from forward Ashely Barnes sandwiching the lead from James Tarkowski.

Arsenal lacked the rhythm or creative spark to threaten Burnley’s well-established 4-4-2 system in the first 25 minutes, but that all changed after Barnes tripped Bukayo Saka in center position 25 yards from goal.

Barnes received a yellow card from referee Taylor and Odegaard brilliantly completed the resulting free kick beyond Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

It was a quality Premier League moment that the game was calling for and former Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard delivered his first goal of the season and third overall for the Gunners with left foot.

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Burnley pushed forward in search of an equalizer before the break and Barnes, under pressure from Arsenal defender Gabriel, failed to shoot on target after Josh Brownhill’s ball was cut in the area.


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