Arsenal v Burnley: Match Preview

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Arsenal have certainly made life difficult for themselves in their last three games. If Burnley capitalise on this, the Gunners could be in trouble. However, Burnley’s away record is just terrible. The Clarets have a solitary point out of a possible 27 when they have been away from home. When the teams met at Turf Moor in October, Laurent Koscielny literally handed his team the win in the dying seconds of the game.

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Burnley are currently 10th and have won three of their last five league games. The other games were 2-1 defeats against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, both away from home. The Clarets are doing well and even though striker Andre Gray is their best player, other players regularly chip in with goals. In the recent 1-0 win over Southampton, it was the returning Joey Barton who secured the three points for Burnley.

Arsenal are comfortable in 4th place with Man City two points behind them. In their lat five games, the Gunners have won three, drawn one and lost one. Arsene Wenger’s men must beat Burnley in order to keep up any hope of a title challenge.

Team News

Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Hector Bellerin should be available for selection on Sunday after returning to training. Theo Walcott is still on the sidelines with a calf strain. His contract was extended this week, but captain Per Mertesacker is a few weeks away from a full recovery.

Burnley’s Dean Marney, Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are expected to be ready for action. The trio were absent for the midweek FA Cup replay win through injury. It seems likely that Scott Arfield will miss a third successive game with a hamstring strain.

Prediction

Sean Dyche’s side have massively improved since their last spell in the top flight and they will not make it easy for Arsenal to register their fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League. Arsenal need to start this game much better after some slow starts in recent games but once they get going I think they will prove too much for Burnley to handle. My prediction is: Arsenal 3-1 Burnley.

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