Arsenal have been held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley as the Premier League weekend kicked off with yet more VAR controversy.

The Gunners dominated the majority of the tie in Lancashire, but the VAR gods, and referee Andre Marriner, denied them a crucial win.

Mikel Arteta’s side looked slick as they flew out of blocks at Turf Moor, with skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cutting inside to lash past Nick Pope.

And they looked set to push on from their in the opening half hour as teenage star Bukayo Saka poked one just wide.

However, in classic Arsenal style, despite bossing the first half, Granit Xhaka thumped the self-destruct button before the break.

The Swiss international bizarrely tried to play a blind pass inside his own box and Chris Wood reacted smartly to deflect home an equaliser.

That goal did open up the game at both ends after the restart as Pope denied Martin Odegaard and Bernd Leno saved from Wood.

But despite looking likely to fizzle out in the final ten, the Gunners were then denied a winner by a string of wild decisions.

Marriner and VAR opted against awarding a clear handball against Erik Pieters inside the box, before the Dutchman then saw a last gasp red card overturned and Dani Ceballos rattled one off the post.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 1 Arsenal 1

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