REPORT: Burnley 0-5 Arsenal - Gunners Flex Muscles In Title Hunt

Arsenal made it five wins on the bounce as they hammered Burnely 5-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. 

A Martin Odegaard strike opened the scoring followed by a brace by Bukayo Saka and second-half goals from Leandro Trosaard and Kai Havertz. The result sees Arsenal climb into second ahead of Manchester City, who drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea. 

Flying Out The Traps

The Gunners were looking to follow their 6-0 win at West Ham last week with another away day victory, and they got off to the perfect start thanks to their captain. 

With just three minutes on the clock, Gabriel Martinelli raced down the left channel and picked a smart pass to Odegaard on the edge of the box. The Norwegian's first touch was sure, followed by a powerful left-footed finish into the bottom corner. 

Arsenal were in the groove, and continued to dominate the early proceedings with sustained possession in and around the Burnely box. Eventually, the pressure told as Havertz laid a smart pass into the path of Trosaard, who was axed down by a desperate challenge by Lorenz Assignon. The referee didn't hesitate to point to the spot.

Up stepped Saka, and despite James Trafford going the right way, his shot was too powerful for the goalkeeper to keep out. 2-0 and in truth, the visitors hadn't got out of second gear.

Lethal Saka

Burnley knew they needed to get a foothold in the game, but any hopes of a comeback were extinguished within the opening two minutes of the second half. Havertz found Odegaard, who in turn played in Saka on the right. The winger swivelled onto his right foot before striking a shot into the roof of the net to give The Gunners an unassailable lead. 

Trosaard twice miscued attempts to make it four, but it wouldn't be long before the Belgian joined the ever-growing list of goalscorers. 

Jakub Kiwior galloped down the left and cut a cross back into the box. Havertz attempted to control, but as he was blocked, the ball bounced kindly to Trosaard who lashed in his fourth goal in five games. 

Job done and so Mikel Arteta rang the changes ahead of Arsenal's Champions League tie with Porto on Wednesday. 

Kai Havertz Scores Again

There was still time for Arsenal to add the gloss to another stunning away performance, and this was the goal the travelling supporters really wanted.

Kiwior spotted the opportunity for a quick throw for Havertz to run onto, who jinked past one defender before bearing down on goal and finishing with aplomb. A richly deserved goal after an impressive display from the German.

Record Breaking Arsenal

The Gunners have now recorded back-to-back away wins by five goals or more for the first time. They have also never started a calendar year with five successive league wins. 

Arsenal will know that they will face sterner tests in the coming weeks than the one Burnely presented them with. 

However, they appear to be hitting form at just the right time.