But goals from Saliba and Zinchenko ensured Arsenal leapfrogged Tottenham to go level on points with League leaders Manchester City.
Simon Collings was at Emirates Stadium to see Arsenal in action...
Made a stunning save to deny Johann Gudmundsson when the game was at 0-0. Unlucky with the Burnley goal, which took a deflection.
Wanted a foul for the Burnley goal when Luca Koleosho got past him. The only moment he really looked troubled all day.
William Saliba 8
Made a rare error in the first-half that almost allowed Burnley to take the lead. More than made up for it, with a great tackle on Koleosho and a goal.
Steady performance at the back from the Brazilian. Didn't put a foot wrong all game. Made a few important headers away.
Oleksandr Zinchenko 8
Scored a brilliant goal to put Arsenal 3-1 up. It was no more than his performance deserved. So good in possession. Back to his best.
It definitely feels like he is getting used to his system and role, as the German was more assured today. Missed a good headed chance in the first-half.
The Italian has enjoyed an extended run in the team and is making the most of it. Tidy performance in front of the back-four.
Another good performance from the midfielder, who was typically everywhere. Almost scored a great, long-range strike.
Looked so sharp and was unlucky not to score. Assisted the first goal with a rare towering header at the back-post.
Leandro Trossard 8 | Star player
Opened the scoring with a brave header from close range. Set-up Arsenal's second with a corner from the left. An excellent performance.
Unfortunate to come away without a goal or an assist as he played well. Beat his opposite number a few times, but just lacked the final ball. Missed a great chance when clean through.
Fabio Vieira (Havertz 59') 3
Shown a straight red card after catching Brownhill on his knee. The ball was bouncing, but it was dangerous.
Eddie Nketiah (Trossard 81') N/A
Reiss Nelson (Saka 81') N/A
Jakub Kiwior (Martinelli 89') N/A
Subs not used: Ramsdale, Walters, Ibrahim, Elneny, Sagoe Jr