It was an easy 4-0 win last time out at Swansea as Arsenal returned to winning ways in the league. The Gunners continue the Premier League campaign at home to Burnley on Sunday. The reverse fixture saw Arsenal win the match dramatically in the last minute. This game promises to be another interesting one.
- Arsenal have won six of their last seven meetings with Burnley in all competitions (D1), since a 0-2 loss in the League Cup in December 2008.
- Burnley have lost their last five visits to Arsenal in all competitions, since a 1-0 league win in September 1974.
- Alexis Sanchez has scored three and assisted another in his two previous games against Burnley at the Emirates Stadium (all competitions).
- The Gunners have scored exactly three goals in both of their previous Premier League home games against Burnley, with five of strikes coming after half-time.
- Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for the Gunners, his best run since April 2015 (six matches).
- In fact, Giroud has scored in each of his last nine starts for Arsenal in all competitions, scoring 11 goals in total.
- The Clarets have had 13 different goalscorers this season, a joint-league high with Manchester City, yet only three of those players have scored away goals (Ben Mee, Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes all have one away goal each).
- Only one of Burnley’s 26 points this season has been secured away from Turf Moor. They have the worst away record in the Premier League this season (D1 L8).
- However, the Clarets are only seven points off their entire total from their last Premier League campaign in 2014/15 (33).
- Only Raheem Sterling (156) has had more touches in the opposition box this season than Alexis Sanchez (155). Burnley’s top player in this regard is Sam Vokes (57).
(Stats Courtesy of Statszone)
Arsenal welcome back the trio of Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs and Francis Coquelin from short term injuries. Theo Walcott still misses out, Mathieu Debuchy and Santi Cazorla are long term absentees.
Burnley trio Dean Marney, Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are expected to be available after missing the midweek FA Cup win through injury.
Winger Scott Arfield is still out with injury.
POSSIBLE LINE UPS
I expect Arsenal to maintain the same line up as at Swansea with maybe Bellerin replacing Gabriel Paulista at right back. It should be Petr Cech, Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal in defence. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey will play in central midfield. Mesut Ozil will start in attacking midfield behind Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi and Olivier Giroud.
Burnley were fortunate to defeat Southampton 1-0 last time out thanks to the exploits of Tom Heaton in goal. He will be joined by Matthew Lowton, Michael Keane, Ben Mee and Stephen Ward in defence. Joey Barton should start after a match winning cameo last week and will be supported by George Boyd, Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick. Ashley Barnes and Andre Gray will start in attack.
Burnley are going to defend very deep and try to close down spaces so, it is important to have Olivier Giroud starting today to give us variety in attack. Giroud is in hot form and alongside Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi, there is abig threat upfront. Bellerin and Monreal should overlap often to provide crosses for Giroud from wide seeing that Alexis and Iwobi tend to play diagonally by drifting inside. Burnley have a woeful record away from home and we have to take advantage of that. Joe Barton will bring steel and organisation to them and they generally have big players with danger from set pieces. But I expect us to win this quite comfortably if we score early. It won’t be a roll over but I believe we will win 3-0.