The crisis-stricken Gunners crashed to a fourth successive home league defeat for the first time since 1959 on Sunday night.
Though flying in the Europa League, Arsenal have made their worst start to a top-flight season in almost 40 years and went into their latest Sunday night home clash sitting 15th and as close to the relegation zone as they were to the top six.
Granit Xhaka was then inexplicably sent off for violent conduct – grabbing the throat of Burnley midfielder Ashley Westwood – when the Gunners were applying pressure at 0-0 in the second half.
Arsenal’s misery was then compounded 15 minutes later, when captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has struggled for goals this term – headed into his own net while trying to defend a corner at the front post.
The win is Burnley’s first over Arsenal in the Premier League and sees them move out of the relegation zone at the expense of Fulham, who held Liverpool to a draw at Craven Cottage earlier in the day.
Follow all the match reaction with Simon Collings at Emirates Stadium…
Patrice Evra really went in on Xhaka on Sky Sports tonight, even suggesting that he should offer to quit Arsenal!
“If I am Mikel Arteta, I do not care about Xhaka coming in, holding his hands up and saying, ‘Sorry guys’. No, this is unacceptable,” Evra said.
“I have nothing against this player. But I am sorry it is time for him to say, ‘Do you know what guys, I have done enough here, I am hurting the fans, I am hurting my team-mates, I am hurting the manager, let me go away’.”
Dyche: Elneny should have been sent off too
“Yeah I think so,” Dyche said when asked if Arsenal should have been reduced to nine men after Elneny’s two-handed push to the face of Tarkowski at a Burnley corner.
“I don’t like seeing players get sent off to be honest, there’s enough nonsense in the game quite frankly with nothing incidents, but you can’t push someone in the face like that – and it is a push in the face, not just a coming together.
“I’m amazed with VAR that doesn’t change, but like I say I’m not a great fan of players getting sent off for soft incidents.”
Answering a question about Burnley’s unity and fighting spirit, Dyche said: “It doesn’t half help you know.
“Sometimes it’s weirdly look at as old-fashioned nowadays – I don’t think it is. When you’ve got people with all their noses pointing in the right direction, you’ve always got a chance.
“I think we’ve certainly got that here.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche speaking to Sky Sports…
“Going down to 10 men gave them a cause if you like, they seemed to raise their game in the next 10 to 15 minutes. We saw ourselves through that period and got a bit of luck with the goal, but sometimes you need that at a place like this.
“I didn’t think there was that much in the game, we’ve come down here and had a tough time a few times. I didn’t think there was that much in it, not like it can be here.
“I thought we defended well, our shape and energy was good. We are beginning to get back to what I expect from the players.
“We’re on our way back there, we know we’ve got to play better. But to come here and get a win is really pleasing without a shadow of a doubt.”
More Arteta reaction
“We need to score a goal,” said Arteta. “We need to put the ball in the net.
“You saw the rest of the things in the team, how they work.
“You saw the performance of the boys, how much they wanted it, the way they played, the chances that we created, the dominance we had throughout the game, but again then we threw the game away by giving a silly red card. We lost the game.
“You saw what happened the other 60, 70 minutes. We had total control of the game and we should have won it earlier.”
Arteta: Xhaka red even worse than Pepe’s
Arteta branded Nicolas Pepe’s sending off at Leeds last month as “unacceptable” and says Xhaka’s tonight was even worse…
“In these conditions even worse. The conditions we are in, without winning football matches, you cannot do that.
“I think it is related into how much will and energy they want to put in the games that they overstep the line.
“It is not an excuse because I want to be brave and be there to do what we have done today again – because you just give the game to the opponent.”
A damning indictment of Xhaka courtesy of Patrice Evra on Sky Sports…
“Thierry Henry, one day he invited me to his house to watch Arsenal,” Evra said. “He turned on the TV, the first image he saw on the screen was Xhaka leading Arsenal.
“Thierry Henry turned off the TV. He said ‘I can’t watch my team and Xhaka being the captain.'”
An understandably frustrated Arteta is asked by Sky Sports how concerned he is by Arsenal’s current plight…
“It’s very difficult because we are not winning football matches and I’m here to provide wins to the team.
Asked what he can do to solve the issues, he added: “Work on it every day. And scratch my head like you say.”
That’s a first ever Premier League win for Burnley over Arsenal.
Only a second victory of the season lifts Sean Dyche’s side out of the bottom three at the expense of Fulham, who slip into danger despite their earlier draw against Liverpool at Craven Cottage.