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What Oleksandr Zinchenko did to Vincent Kompany after scoring Arsenal third against Burnley

What Oleksandr Zinchenko did to Vincent Kompany after scoring Arsenal third against Burnley

Arsenal encountered a Burnley team eager to regain control of their Premier League performance following a highly disputed defeat the previous weekend. 

Despite widespread discussions about referees and VAR focusing on Mikel Arteta, he successfully led his team to victory against Vincent Kompany’s side.

The match gradually gained momentum, starting with a relatively subdued beginning compared to the intensity of the previous Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. 

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Nonetheless, it was marked by controversy and peculiar decision-making by Michael Oliver.

Since it was a 3pm kick-off, only viewers outside the UK would have had the advantage of televised coverage. 

However, ArsenalBrief was present at the stadium, providing an inside perspective and the opportunity to observe details that may have been overlooked by the television cameras.

Remembering those lost

Normally, the matchday tradition involves the rendition of ‘North London Forever’ echoing through the stadium with the players on the field. However, on Armistice Day, the anthem was played ten minutes earlier than usual. 

This adjustment provided an opportunity for The Last Post to be played in honor of those who lost their lives in the world’s wars. The Emirates crowd observed this moment impeccably, standing for a moment of reflection.

Gabriel vs Michael Oliver

In the past week, we witnessed some highly controversial refereeing decisions. 

The controversy started on Tyneside when Newcastle was awarded a crucial goal despite apparent foul play by Joelinton on Gabriel Magalhaes before the ball reached Anthony Gordon, but the referee did not intervene. 

A week later, Magalhaes was once again pushed in the back, this time while going for a header, with Jay Rodriguez being the perpetrator. In this instance, Magalhaes was visibly frustrated, remonstrating with the official Michael Oliver while other players returned to their positions.

This incident followed an earlier questionable call where Bukayo Saka was judged to have fouled Luca Koleosho. The lack of consistency in these decisions is a recurring issue, and it’s a point that has been raised before.

Zinchenko and Kompany’s moment

The diminutive Ukrainian player played a crucial role by scoring a significant goal for his team, giving the Gunners control of the game. The ball found the full-back inside the box, and with a half-volley, he struck it beautifully into the top corner with an impressive dip.

Notably, Burnley’s manager, Vincent Kompany, was a former teammate of Zinchenko during their time at Manchester City. Usually, pleasantries between opponents are exchanged before or after the game, but this match provided a unique moment for the two to share a brief interaction while it was still ongoing.

Following the defender’s goal, the ball went out for a throw-in near the press box, situated in the opposition’s technical area. As the Ukrainian went to retrieve the ball, he was greeted by his former City captain, who extended a hand of congratulations in a touching moment between the two. It was a display of class that endures over time.

What Oleksandr Zinchenko did to Vincent Kompany after scoring Arsenal third against Burnley

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