After a productive Match Day 1, Arsenal would be looking to record their second victory of the season as they host Burnley in today’s early kick off. The Gunners would be looking to do something they’ve not done in the past eight seasons – win the first two games of the season.
Stats Courtesy: BBC
At his pre-match press conference, Head Coach Unai Emery confirmed Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are back in training after their recent security troubles. Granit Xhaka is a doubt for the game and will be assessed ahead of the game.
Rob Holding and Emile Smith-Rowe remain out as they continue their comeback as from injuries. Tierney, Bellerin and Mavropanos remain out.
David Luiz could be handed his debut against Sean Dyche’s side after sitting out the victory at St. James’ Park. It remains to be seen who gets dropped between Sokratis and Chambers who had a brilliant outing against Newcastle.
If Xhaka gets ruled out through injury, Ceballos might be called in to start in his place. Knowing that Burnley is a physical side, I expect him to be play alongside Torreira with Guendouzi and Willock most likely dropping to the bench.
The return of Ozil to the team is a welcome development and I expect him to seal a place in the starting XI. Nicholas Pepe is expected to make his home debut in this game and it won’t be surprising to see him start. Mkhitaryan should take the last spot in midfield with Aubameyang leading the attack once again.
Leno, Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal, Torreira, Ceballos, Ozil, Pepe, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang
Arsenal have a very good record against Burnley and I expect that to continue. It will be a tough game as Burnley are a physical side but that won’t be enough to stop the Gunners from taking all 3 points. I’ll go for a 3 – 0 scoreline.
Kick Off: 2:00PM
Referee: Mike Dean
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