After watching all of our rivals drop points on Saturday, it was obvious that Arsenal couldn’t just think they would have an easy game against Burnley yesterday afternoon, despite the Clarets’ dismal away record. And so it proved, as Burnley yet again frustrated us at every turn, just as they did at Turf Moor in the opposite leg.
Last season, Arsenal had Olivier Giroud as our main striker, with his main competitor Danny Welbeck out injured for most of the year, and the dismal failure of an experiment of moving Theo Walcott into the centre. No wonder we failed to score the goals we needed to challenge Leicester for the title.
The Burnley boss Sean Dyche is looking forward to tomorrow’s game at the Emirates, and is relaxed about it for the simple reason that Burnley have such a bad away record, that absolutely nobody expects them to have a chance against Arsenal!
Arsenal were in fine form when they faced Burnley earlier in the season, but the Clarets worked hard and kept us out until the very last minute of the game. Now, at the Emirates tomorrow, we must not let that happen again. Arsene Wenger has stated that the next four months are the ‘moment of truth’ and we now have to show strength and consistency if we are going to close that gap on Chelsea.
The Gunners are preparing for the Burnley game tomorrow, and on paper it looks like it should be a simple three points for Arsenal, but the fact is that the game will be played on grass, and Arsene Wenger has admitted that this is the sort of game where we dropped points last season.
As in every transfer window, some Arsenal fans have been clamouring for Arsene Wenger to bring in a top class striker to improve our goalscoring record and give us a chance to compete with the other top sides in the Premiership, but the stats are saying that we have already improved immensely.
On paper Arsenal have a very easy task to beat Burnley at the Emirates tomorrow, considering that our opponents simply cannot get a result away from Turf Moor this season, but we have another good reason to expect a win in the form of Shkodran Mustafi.
When Arsenal went to Burnley at the beginning of September, the Gunners were on an 8 game unbeaten run, but the newly-promoted side made a dogged attempt to take something away from the game, until Laurent Koscielny popped up with a controversial winner in the dying minutes.