Arsenal faces stubborn Burnley

The Premier League resumes for game week __ and Burnley are set to host North-London side, Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime with hope to make it back-to-back Premier League wins and three wins in a row across all competitions.

In the last league meeting, Burnley escaped at the Emirates with a 1-0 win, and are now hoping to complete a double victory over Arsenal for the first time since 1962/63.

It was a fine February for Mikel Arteta’s side progressing through to the next stage of the Europa League with a comeback win over Benfica after a 1-1 draw in the first encounter and coming back from a goal down to win 3-2 and beating Leicester City in a fashioned 3-1 win after going down in the first 10 minutes, with goals from David Luis, Alexandre Lacazette, and Nicolas Pepe, securing the win for the gunners and two assists from Willian, and now seek to make another fine outing when they face Burnley at the Turf Moor.

Afterward, Arsenal will face clubs who are seeking to have a hold on top-four position, including teams like London Rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West-Ham united in the top flight this month, in addition, they would have a doubleheader in the European League facing Olympiacos, and the recent match against Burnley in December should serve as a reminder that no game should be taken for granted, mostly now that Arsenal are still struggling to find their fine form.

Arsenal’s arrival at Turf Moor will definitely have a boost after their recent win results in their previous games {Benfica & Leicester City} the latter which produced one of their impressive performance this season and it is now time to test whether that improvement has come to help push them in a late-race for the top-four and to climb the mountain to glory, in the Europa League which perhaps, offers a more realistic route to next season’s Champions League position.

Arsenal have been beaten 11 times this season and it is on record that it is only in the 2017/18 season that they have suffered more defeats in a 38 game campaign in the Premier League, failing to score in 10 outings, and hoping to avoid an unwanted record at the club, but for a team that has recorded 4 away wins out of last 6 available, there should be hope that they would perform quite better this time around, as they have fared better away from the Emirates this season, and they should be confident enough to improve that record.

Sean Dyche will be worried about his team’s performance this season with the Claret scoring 19 goals from 27 matches this season {only Sheffield United who sits at the bottom have scored fewer goals than Burnley} and he will have in mind that the lowest goal tally in the league’s history still stands at 28 {probably his team is about to break the record} and considering their recent form, the Clarets may not be hopeful of improving their fewer goals spell this weekend.

Burnley will have to work hard if they are willing to stay out of danger, having in mind that only 6 points separate them from the relegation zone, despite losing just once in their last 6 Premier League outing, winning just once in their last 8 games, but got a credible 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday after suffering a heavy defeat at Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, and if they draw against the gunners, it would set a new record of five in a row to draw if the spoils are shared on Saturday, as a draw with Arsenal to Sean Dyche may be an improvement in his team’s performance.

COYG!!!!!!!!

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Arteta on playing against Burnley...

“It’s a really tough match,” Arteta said. “I think it’s remarkable what the club, Sean [Dyche], and the coaching staff have done in recent years with the resources that they have, the style of play they have implemented and how well they execute it, and how efficient they are.

It is always really tough to play against them, at home, it was a tricky game because we played with 10 men and we ended up losing on a set-piece, which is a big part of the game, so hopefully, we can have a very different result.”

~ Mikel Arteta

THE BREAKDOWN:

TEAM NEWS:

BURNLEY:

Ashley Barnes, Burnley’s sharpshooter against Arsenal {Scoring 3 goals out of 7 games} will be out of the game due to an injury, but players like Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady, and Jack Cork will be assessed ahead of kickoff if the game isn’t too soon for Cork who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

ARSENAL:

The team seems healthy and having just one worry at the moment with youngster Emile Smith Rowe being the only first-team player with the question mark on him, as he was forced off before half-time in the game against Leicester on Saturday with Martin Odegaard set to replace him.

Players like Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, Rob-Holding, Hector Bellerin, and Dani Ceballos were left out of the game against Leicester, and the gunners got one of their finest wins this season, so it will be a tough choice for Mikel Arteta whether he should welcome them back into the first team.

Nicolas Pepe also seem to start to find his form, scoring in 4 of his last 5 away games,

But club captain Aubameyang may have something to prove as he netted the only goal in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in December, although he had scored more Premier League goals against Burnley than any other team, so he will be hasting for a start in the game.

POSSIBLE LINEUP:

ARSENAL: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Pepe, Saka, Odegaard, Aubameyang

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 8 visits to the Turf Moor.
  • Arsenal have kept 4 clean sheets out of their last 5 at Burnley.
  • Burnley have only scored 13 goals against Arsenal {scoring not more than 1 in those matches}
  • Burnley are 15th Position {29 Points} in the Premier League.
  • Arsenal are 10th Position {37 Points} in the League.

PREDICTION:

It is never going to be easily proven that Burnley have a desire to underscore but it should almost be a feasible one for the gunners, so a clean sheet in the form of:

Burnley 0 – 3 Arsenal 

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola