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Arsenal v Burnley – Match Preview

Arsenal host Burnley on Sunday evening, with the hosts looking to avoid a third successive Premier league defeat.

Here’s all you need to know about Sunday’s clash at the Emirates:

Form

Arsenal: DWLWL

The only respite for Arsenal in recent weeks has been the Europa League, with their league form leaving a lot to be desired despite an initially positive start to the season.

Their most recent league fixture saw them fall to a disappointing 2-0 defeat in the North London derby, as the destructive duo of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son tore open the Gunners defence to devastating effect.

That loss was not only difficult to take because it was against their local rivals, but also extends their winless run in the league, their last win coming in their 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford back on 1 November.

Such woeful form has left the Gunners in a lowly 15th place in the table and has heaped pressure onto boss Mikel Arteta after guiding the club to its worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign, with just 13 points from their opening 11 matches.

With Burnley to come next, Arteta simply can’t afford another defeat and must act to find a way to generate some much needed attacking thrust, while also trying to shore up a defence that’s looked vulnerable of late.

As for team news, the Spaniard is likely to be without summer signing Thomas Partey after the Ghanain limped off at the weekend, though highly-rated youngster Gabriel Martinelli is stepping up his return to action after a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Burnley: LDWLD

Burnley find themselves in the bottom three following a really poor start to the season which has seen them pick up just six points from their opening ten Premier League matches.

Sean Dyche’s side are the joint-lowest scorers in the division with just five goals and need to quickly get into their stride or risk suffering a return to the second tier.

Fortunately for them, there is still plenty of time to turn it around and if their most recent league meeting is anything to go by, they certainly aren’t a side who will suffer relegation without a fight.

That clash saw them hold Everton to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor, with England international Nick Pope in inspired form in the net and Robbie Brady producing a superb early finish to earn their third draw of the season.

The Clarets now face a trip to the Emirates where they will come up against an Arsenal suffering their own torrid run of form and could be the perfect opportunity to grab just their second league win of the season.

Last Meeting

Burnley 0-0 Arsenal, 2 February 2020

The two sides last met back in February, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta still a relatively fresh appointment after the sacking of Unai Emery earlier that season.

Much like the Arsenal side at present, Arteta’s men were found wanting in attack on the day, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missing good chances, while Burnley were denied a late winner as Jay Rodriguez’ effort struck the crossbar from close range.

That result condemned the Gunners to a fourth consecutive Premier League draw and their fifth consecutive away draw, while they also set a league record at Turf Moor for the most draws after 25 games of a season, with 13.

Predicted Lineups

Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin,Gabriel, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Ceballos, Elneny; Saka, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; McNeil, Westwood, Brownhill, Brady; Wood, Rodriguez.

Who is the referee?

Graham Scott

How can I watch?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 13 December, 19:15 GMT

Odds

Arsenal – 11/20

Burnley – 11/2

Draw – 29/10

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