Arsenal will travel to Turf Moor in the Premier League this weekend, as they look to extend their winning run against Burnley.
The Gunners will be aiming to continue their resurgence in the Premier League, after suffering from a poor run of results, and record their third consecutive win against Burnley at 12.30pm on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta’s side had won only one game from their last six, before playing Benfica in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie last Thursday as euro 2020 vedonlyonti looms large for many players.
However, the Gunners produced a stunning turnaround – coming back from 2-1 down to progress into the last 16 of the competition. Then they put on an excellent display to defeat Leicester 3-1 last weekend.
The Gunners will face a Burnley side that have won only one game from their last nine, including losing 4-0 to Spurs last Sunday. The Clarets however, put in a spirited display to draw 1-1 with Leicester in mid-week.
Arsenal are much-improved side since their last meeting with Burnley. They lost 1-0 in December, courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own-goal, after Granit Xhaka was sent off for violent conduct.
Arsenal now sit 10th in the league table, eight points from the top four. After their horrendous start to the campaign, Gunners fans wouldn’t expect their team to contest a European spot. Now however, that accolade is firmly in sight and a string of good results could further their cause.
Mikel Arteta shuffled his team around during their win against Leicester, with Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Nicolas Pepe all coming into the starting 11. They performed well but we’ll most likely see several changes to their starting lineup against Burnley.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard should all return for this Saturday’s fixture, after being rested last week.
Emile Smith Rowe was forced off against Leicester with a hip injury, but the youngster shouldn’t be on the sidelines for too long. He will most likely miss their meeting with Burnley but remains their only major injury doubt.
Burnley could still be without a couple of first team players for this meeting. Ashley Barnes will not feature for the Clarets, but Robbie Brady and Johann Gudmundsson are close to returning and could possibly make the bench.
Sean Dyche and his team will be boosted by the return of Erik Pieters, who joined their bench against Leicester on Wednesday. Chris Wood and Dale Stephens are also back to full fitness.
This will be a must-win game for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners. If they want to keep on track with the teams above them, then they can’t accept anything less than three points in this fixture.
However, we can expect Burnley to produce another spirited defensive display on Saturday – just as they did against Leicester. Burnley also need three points to steer clear of the relegation zone, which suggests this will be a tight-knitted affair.
We can’t expect too many goals in this match, but Arsenal will be hoping they can continue their winning form and keep themselves in contention for a European spot.