Arsenal return to Premier League action after yet another impressive victory against Basel in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. This time Burnley stands between them and three points. Can they make it 5 victory in a row across all competitions?
HEAD TO HEAD
- Burnley are winless in seven league games against the Gunners (D3 L4), losing each of the last three in the Premier League.
- The Clarets have netted just two goals in total in their last six league clashes with Arsenal, failing to score in four of those games.
- The last three league meetings between the two sides at Turf Moor have produced a total of just three goals (0-0, 1-1 and most recently, 0-1).
- Alexis Sanchez has been involved in four goals in three appearances against the Clarets in all competitions, scoring three and assisting one.
- Hector Bellerin has provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (6).
- Arsenal will attempt to win five successive league games for the first time since last October.
- Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have the Premier League record for consecutive wins (14 in a row in 2002, the first 13 of which secured Wenger’s second league title with the club).
- Arsenal have won 22 and drawn three of their last 25 Premier League games against newly-promoted teams.
The Clarets have conceded just five goals in their last 17 home league games, and never more than once in a match in that period.
- Steven Defour has been directly involved in four of Burnley’s five Premier League goals this season, scoring one and assisting three.
(Stats courtesy of BBC Sports)
- Burnley forward Andre Gray serves the second game of a 4 match ban for comments he made on Twitter in 2012. (Funny FA!)
- Manager Sean Dyche could keep faith with the side which secured a 2-0 win over Watford on Monday night.
- Arsenal will assess the fitness of midfielder Francis Coquelin, who has recovered quicker than expected from a knee injury.
- Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson remain sidelined.
I am out of superlatives to describe how well we have played in the last 4 games. We absolutely destroyed Chelsea last week at the Emirates. This is a chance for us to win 5 games in a row but it won’t come easy.
Burnley out-muscled Watford to win 2-0 on Monday night. They look a very physical side who are good in the air. Boyd and Sam Vokes are good strikers. Steven Defour will pull the strings from midfield. A lot will depend on how well we match Burnley physically. If we can retain possession and maintain the pace of our passing and movement, we can run rings around the Burnley defence and get goals. I expect Wenger to retain the same line up as against Basel. Alexis Sanchez will hope to get more luck after missing several chances against Basel. Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi should maintain their good form.
This won’t be an easy game but I think we will beat Burnley 0-2