MICHAEL KEANE’S PERFORMANCE
Everybody knew that Burnley were up against a very formidable Arsenal side who are high in confidence after a string of impressive performances. And the Burnley team almost earned a point after seeing off waves of pressure from the Arsenal side. One name that did catch the eye in the Burnley defence was that of a young Englishman, Michael Keane.
Keane had earned the name of a future national team prospect, right from his time with the Manchester United youthsides. And with a move away from Old trafford in search of regular playing time has seen him arrive at Turf Moor. And he certainly was a big plus for Burnley in their defence.
The 22 year old Englishman was strong in defence and had his moments in the attacking set-up as well.
He finished the game with a pass percentage of 88%, and along with his solid display at the back, was unlucky not to be on the score sheet as well. With Arsene Wenger prefering the more pacey attacking players over the sort of target man Giroud, Keane had a tough job up against him. But he impressed with his defensive capabilities with 6 clearences, and winning the duels and the aerials.
Burnley also benefited from his capabilities on the ball as he completed nearly 22 passes from the back which included a few effective long balls.
Going ahead, Michael Keane will be a very important component in the Burnley defence and their fight to keep hold of their Premier League status.