Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal reign continues with a trip to Burnley this weekend, the Spaniard looking to build on a mixed start since taking over at the Emirates last month.
Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s clash at Turf Moor…
Back-to-back wins over Leicester and Manchester United have provided welcome relief for Sean Dyche’s side, moving the club clear of the bottom three after a worrying run of form that had threatened to drag the Clarets into a relegation dogfight.
The incredibly tight nature of the Premier League table means Burnley are now closer to fifth-placed Manchester United than the drop zone, and the club will hope to continue climbing in the coming weeks.
Chris Wood has scored two goals in his past two appearances and the New Zealand international’s return to form has been a welcome boost, the 28-year-old shouldering much of the goalscoring burden in the absence of the injured Ashley Barnes.
Results have been mixed since Mikel Arteta’s arrival as Arsenal manager, though there have been significant reasons for cautious optimism in the spirit and resilience shown in some of their recent performances.
A battling draw at Chelsea in their last Premier League fixture was a sign of the ‘new’ Arsenal, playing the majority of the contest with 10 men but twice coming from behind to earn a point at Stamford Bridge.
It’s now just one defeat in their past eight fixtures in all competitions, whilst the north London side are unbeaten in four following their FA Cup fourth round victory over Bournemouth last time out.
Arsenal have won their past 11 fixtures against Burnley in all competitions and will be able to call on the services of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the forward returns from suspension.
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley, 17th August 2019
Arsenal would begin the season with back-to-back wins courtesy of a hard fought victory over Burnley at the Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring the winning goal after Ashley Barnes had cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half opener on the stroke of half-time.
Dani Ceballos shone for the Gunners on his home debut, providing the assist for both goals as Arsenal began a new season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2009.
Aubameyang’s goal continued his fine record against Burnley, the Gabon international having scored seven times in four league appearances against the Clarets.
Predicted Line ups
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Holding, Saka; Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Who is the referee?
How can I watch Burnley v Arsenal?
UK readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, whilst US readers can view the clash on NBCSN.
What time is kick off?
Burnley – 13/5
Draw – 13/5
Arsenal – 1/1