Bukayo Saka helps Arsenal break several club records during 5-0 Burnley win | Football

Bukayo Saka bagged a brace against Burnley (Photo: Getty)

A Bukayo Saka penalty helped Arsenal smash their own Premier League record during the 5-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.

Arsenal were simply too good for the Clarets at Turf Moor as they moved to within just two points of league leaders Liverpool.

Goals from Martin Odegaard, Saka (two), Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz saw the Gunners record yet another statement win.

But it was Arsenal’s second goal, and Saka’s first, that was perhaps the most significant, as it meant that Arteta’s side broke a near two decade old club record.

The England star’s spot-kick in the 41st minute was Arsenal’s 24th set-piece goal of the season, surpassing their record of 23 that was set in 2004/05.

Most impressively, there are still 13 games of the 2023/24 campaign to go, which just goes to show the importance of set-pieces to Arteta and co.

Furthermore, this is also the first time ever that the North Londoners have won their first five league games of a calendar year, and the first time they’ve scored five or more goals in back-to-back Premier League away games.

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Arsenal’s goal different of +36 is now the best in the Premier League (Photo: Getty)

So far in 2024, the Gunners have beaten Crystal Palace 5-0, Nottingham Forest 2-1, Liverpool 3-1, West Ham 6-0 and now Burnley 5-0.

‘We are really pleased because it is a difficult place to come and Burnley have been very competitive in the big games they have played so far this season,’ Arteta told Match of the Day.

‘Individually and collectively, the purpose they are playing with, the form the players are in, even at 3-0 4-0 they want more. The way they track back at 96 minutes tells you how they are feeling.’

The result moves them back to within two points of Liverpool and at the time of writing ahead of Manchester City, but significantly the recent scorelines mean that Arsenal now have a superior goal difference compared to their title rivals.

‘At the moment all we can do is win our games and after our big two wins away from home we have a tough one in the Champions League at Porto,’ Arteta added.

‘I hope we can do it [win the title] because we are there but it is about consistency and you see the standards of the other teams. We want it, that’s for sure.’

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