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Can Arsenal Maintain Their Fine Form Away from Home this Weekend Against Burnley?

Last updated: September 27, 2016 by John Kettle

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30pm
Venue: Turf Moor
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home form: LWLDLW
Away form: LDWWWW
Last season: Burnley 1 – 0 Arsenal
Competition: The Premier League

Despite having a bit of a slow start to the Premier League season, Arsenal are now fully up running with six wins from their last seven games – most of which have come in emphatic style. Burnley on the other hand are struggling to find their feet. They managed to put two goals past Watford on Monday night in what was a sub-standard performance from Walter Mazzarri’s men. Burnley looked dangerous going forward, and with new summer signing Steven Defour providing great service for lone forward Sam Vokes, they posed a real aerial threat which proved too much for the Hornets to deal with. This weekend however they face an entirely different challenge: hosting an Arsenal side that are starting to look more and more like the legendary championship winning sides of old.

The Gunners have really been in fine form of late. A double from Theo Walcott led Arsenal to victory in their mid-week Champions League clash against Basel, and in the Premier League last weekend they produced one of the best performances seen from an Arsenal side in years as they brushed Chelsea aside 3-0 at the Emirates. Wenger and his men are in a great position at the moment; no wholesale changes need to be made, if they can keep playing with the same pace, skill, and movement we’ve seen from them recently they’ll be well and truly up there in the race for the title at the end of the season.

Burnley have a really big task on their hands at the weekend trying to contain this Arsenal side. In their last 17 games at home they’ve only conceded five goals, however they’ve also allowed their opponents to have 21 shots on target in their last four games. It’s needless to say that if they allow Arsenal too many easy shots on goal the likes of Ozil and Sanchez will make them pay for it. If they want to stand any chance of winning they need to sure things up at the back and try to disrupt Arsenal’s passing game before they get into their rhythm.


Team News

Burnley striker Andre Gray was handed a four-match ban last Friday for his derogatory comments made on social media regarding homosexuality back in 2012. Both he and Burnley FC have accepted the FA’s punishment saying that the ban “should now also serve as a warning to all professional footballers, and participants in the wider sporting field.”

Sean Dyche is delighted with his teams’ measured performance in their Monday night fixture against Watford. Burnley kept a clean sheet and put two goals past Walter Mazzari’s side in front of their home crowd at the Turf Moor.

Wenger has been full of positive words about Theo Walcott after his double saw Arsenal past Basel in the Champions League this week. He’s expressed his delight with Walcott’s refound form and said that he’s made a strong case for reselection into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Wenger has said that the MRI results of the injured midfielder Francis Coquelin have been positive and that he will not need surgery. He is expected back in action in the next 2-3 weeks.


Expected line-ups:

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Hull 4-5-1: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Marney, Defour, Boyd, Vokes
Subs: Flanagan, Kightly, Bamford, Robinson, Tarkowski, Arfield, O’Neill
Injured:
Doubtful: Ashely Barnes
Not available:
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Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazoria, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez
Subs: Gibbs, Perez, Giroud, Ospina, Oxade-Chamberlain, Holding, Elneny
Injured: Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Coquelin
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Burnley this season Arsenal this season
13th League Position 3rd
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (1)
2-0 vs. Watford Biggest win 4-1 vs. Hull
1 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
4-1 vs. Man Utd Biggest Defeat 3-0 vs. Leicester
Steven Defour (1) Top scorer Alex Sanchez (4)
Steven Defour (3) Assist Leader Alex Iwobi (3)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y10, R0
3 Failures to score 1
2 Clean Sheets 2
2 Both Teams to Score Games 4
2 Over 2.5 Games 5
4 Under 2.5 Games 1
  • Burnley’s summer signing Steven Defour has already proven his worth. He’s currently The Clarets’ top goal scorer with one goal to his name in all six Premier League outings so far and also has the most assists.
  • Burnley haven’t really been firing in front of goal this season. They’ve averaged less than one goal per game compared to Arsenal’s fifteen from the first six opening fixtures.
  • Alongside Ozil, Alexis Sanchez has been Arsenal’s most impressive player so far in this year’s Premier League campaign. He has five goals in eight apperences so far, four of which have been in the domestic league.
  • Most of Arsenal’s games so far have been high scoring affairs. They’ve failed to score only once against Leicester in the second week – the average number of goals per game is 4.2

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
30/01/2016 FA Cup Arsenal 2 – 1 Burnley  Calum Chambers 19′
11/04/2015 Premier League Burnley 0 – 1 Arsenal Ramsey 12′
01/11/2014 Premier League Arsenal 3 – 0 Southampton A. Sanchez 70′
06/03/2010 Premier League Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley C. Fabregas 34′
16/12/2009 Premier League Burnley 1- 1 Arsenal C Fabregas 7′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Burnley will surely be planning to build on their good performance against Watford earlier this week where they showed a much greater attacking intent – they’ll need to score goals if they are to stand any chance of victory. It goes without saying that Arsenal are the more in-form at the moment. They’ve been playing a skilful, high-tempo game that few sides would be able to live with at the moment, and they also have momentum on their side. Most bookmakers have Arsenal down as clear favourites so you won’t be able to find any great value with a straight Arsenal to win wager. A handicap of +2 wouldn’t be a bad shout this weekend – you could also try combining your bet with Arsenal to win with a clean sheet or with Sanchez as the first goal scorer. Good value odds are currently showing at BetVictor.