Arsenal welcome bottom placed Burnley at the Emirates tomorrow and will look to earn three points ahead of their Champions League clash against Anderlecht. Burnley on the other hand are yet to win a single game this season and sit on the 20th position, three points below QPR and are flirting with relegation this season. Arsenal will hope for a convincing win as they chase Chelsea who are ahead by 9 points, just 9 games into the season. But Arsene Wenger believes that his players have the attitude to give Jose Mourinho a run for his money.
Sitting on the 5th spot with just 3 wins out of 9 games, Arsene Wenger will be ruing the 5 games his side has drawn so far this season, knowing fully well that the London side might have to pay the price later for not being able to finish off games.
Arsenal will boosted by the return of Theo Walcott however the winger is unlikely to be rushed into the first team following his knee injury. Jack Wilshere is likely to miss the game as he has injured his knee and joins Mesut Özil, Olivier Giroud, Abou Diaby, Laurent Koscielny, Yaya Sanogo, Mathieu Debuchy and David Ospina in the list of injuries.
Arsenal will be keen to hit a winning note facing a struggling Burnley side and will look to earn three valuable points before important fixtures against Swansea (Away), Manchester United (Home) and Borussia Dortmund.
Chambers and Mertesacker are expected to start at the heart of defence supported by Bellerin and Monreal on the flanks. Arsenal’s leaky defence has betrayed a good start for Arsene Wenger and conceding 11 goals in just 9 fixtures will definitely worry the Frenchman. Welbeck will be extremely important for Arsene Wenger as he leads Arsenal’s attack and will look for support from Sanchez, Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the final half.
Expected Starting Eleven: Szczesny; Bellerin, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal; Arteta, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sánchez, Cazorla; Welbeck.
Still looking for the elusive win since its promotion to the English Premier League, Burnley are flirting with relegation and could soon find themselves back in the League Championship if they do not get their act together.
Quite surprisingly, Burnley has conceded just 5 more goals than Arsenal this season but it is their lack of bite upfront that will concern Sean Dyche. Dean Marney’s return to the starting eleven will bode well for Burnley who will be looking to surprise Arsenal with a surprise win. They will be looking to organise themselves defensively and look for the odd break on the counter-attack. Burnley’s chief concern will be Arsenal’s speed with the likes of Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez present in the squad. However their pace can be negated with an organized defence which will be looking to sit deep in their own half. Hence the presence of Cazorla and Arteta will be extremely important for Wenger who will bank on his midfielders to provide Welbeck with options in the opposition’s half. Jones and Marney will have to be on the top of their game if they are to restrict Arsenal from dictating the game in the midfield.
Expected Starting Eleven: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Marney; Ings, Jutkiewicz.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
- Arsenal are yet to lose a game at the Emirates in their past 22 League fixtures
- Burnley are yet to win a single game after earning promotion to the English Premier League
Player To Watch Out For
New signings Sanchez and Welbeck will be the players to watch out for on Saturday and the duo will look to torment an ailing Burnley side with their blistering pace. Arsene Wenger’s new signing have the ability to turn into a formidable partnership in England and a strong performance will give them the boost ahead of difficult fixtures.
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