Arsenal must take advantage of Burnley’s woes

Can Arsenal make light work of Burnley’s visit of the Emirates this weekend? by SE

Matchweek 10 of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season for Arsenal sees Arsene Wenger’s wizards play host to this season’s punch bags, Burnley. The Gunners endured a tough time of it last weekend at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland, another tottering Premier League side, but managed to come away with a clean sheet and all three points. Going into this home game against Sean Dyche’s men, Arsenal should be quietly confident of breaking down Burnley without breaking a lot of sweat. In truth, can Arsenal breeze past the Clarets without putting a whole lot of effort into it?

What have Burnley done this season?
Burnley have failed to rise up to the rigors of the Premier League, as Dyche’s side still play the brand of football that got them promoted to the English top flight. I mean there’s no harm in playing direct, and testing out your opponents in the box but Burnley have largely been one-dimensional and lacked in quality and options. A tally of just 5 (having conceded 16) goals scored over the length of 810 minutes of Premier League is a classic indicator of Burnley’s pivotal problems this season. They did, however, play outstandingly well at home against Manchester United, which was an inexplicably open game, with both sides going hammer and tongs at each other’s goal, and showed that they can ruffle their opponents when they discover their rhythm and haveA one of their better days.

Will the Clarets pose problems for Arsenal?
Arsenal, even if they only play to half of their true potential, should have a stroll in the park and still come away with all 3 points. Theo Walcott’s return to action would be something to look forward to for Arsenal fans and Wenger, who would need no mentioning that they got to make the most of these winnable games coming up before the international break, and make up for lost ground early on. Staying with Walcott; the Englishman, in my opinion, should start for the North Londoners, instead of coming on as a substitute when he might have game pressure to contend with. Alexis Sanchez — Arsenal’s best player this season — deserves to be given a break after working as hard as the Chilean has, and Wenger needs to start utilizing the likes of Joel Campbell and Tomas Rosicky if Arsenal, in spite of the long injury list, are to remain in the fight for the Premier League title. Also we will need some fresh players for the visit of Anderlecht on Tuesday.

Final Thought
Burnley will come to the Emirates, and have no pressure of expectations or having to win against a top Premier League outfit like Arsenal. Interestingly, that could work in favor of Dyche’s side, and the Gunners need to refrain from getting complacent at the sight of such lowly opponents. Otherwise, this should be bread-and-butter for Arsenal, as they look to kick on after a patchy start to their campaign.

Score Predication: Arsenal 2:0 Burnley

Tags Burnley Sanchez Walcott


  1. Gooner Cape Town says:

    Diaby still weeks away!!! WTF, time to let him go as we can’t afford to have him as part of squad and should get 2 CDM,s to sort out the defence! We cannot afford this luxury of having him any longer. Sorry Abu, your time is long up!!

    1. Usmanov says:

      I wouldn’t be too surprised if he is still with us for another 2 years (how long did Chu Young Park spend with us?).
      Unfortunately his talent and skill set is one we are desperately in need of. Wenger himself has spoken (just after the last window) of our need of a powerhouse player in midfield. If we are serious, we would be looking to replace him with Pogba or Khedira (dunno know about his injury problems), or maybe Rabiot.

  2. ryanh27 says:

    this would be my line up


    Bench: Martinez, Monreal, Wilshere, Cazorla, Sanchez, Walcott, Ox
    Still A strong lineup and gives the likes of Podolski, rosicky and campbell a runout as well as keeping our squad fresh for the champions league on tuesday.

  3. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Hmm! So Burnley is a punch-bag????? Hmm …. Almost all other Teams have shown em HeLL ….yea…. This weekend is our turn ….. A Narrow win or Draw, and i will take this arsenaL Team to be no mentaLLy , serious one

  4. Dee@ease says:

    We must put 4 past Burnley that’s the least I expect,this is the fixture where we should make hay and increase our goal difference

  5. Big Gun says:

    We have to be honest with ourselves, I really think our results this season are not a true indication of our form. There have been a few games where we should have won, but because of a lapse of concentration, taking the foot off the pedal and basically goals against the run of play have caused us to lose points. The City, Hull and Spurs games come to mind, all those game we should have won. This cannot happen all season and I already feel our victory over Sunderland was the turning point.

    Walcott is back too, but we are going to be missing Gibbs, Kossie and Debuchy for some time although I believe we have suitable backup in Chambers and Bellerin. Mertesackers lack of pace still worries me though, but ultimately we should have a comfortable win this weekend.

    1. Big Gun says:

      I might be wrong about Gibbs, looks like he will be playing 😀 Great news

  6. ergs says:

    If we can’t beat Burnley we are total sh*t!!!
    If Sanchez doesn’t play we will struggle.
    We are out of form and have a manager who can’t motivate our players I have no idea how we are going to play in any game.

    1. Drew says:

      take advantage of burnley woes? my goodness, is it that bad peeps?… you right if we can’t beat this team, we gonna struggle to make 4th i tell ya!

  7. jakseth says:

    i simply predict the usual. we gona play quite bad but we will win.

  8. Usmanov says:

    When he was asked about Walcott last week, Wenger hinted that he may not play against Burnley. It seems he is looking to gain some momentum first before bringing on board returning injured players.

  9. says:

    Selection headache for the boss this week as some Gunners are fit and back? My 18 match day squad: Szczesny..Martinez…Bellerin…Chambers..Mertesacker..Monreal..Ajayi..Arteta..Flamini..Sanchez…Wilshere..Cazola..Chamberlain..Walcott..Rosicky..Cambpell…Podolski..Welbeck. Gibbs hip should be rested for the Anderlecht game, Ajayi should be selected to start from the bench as a defence cover. My starts and bench to beat Burnley by 6 goals to nil are: Szczesny..Bellerin..Chambers..Mertesacker..Monreal. Arteta..Flamini. Sanchez..Wilshere…Walcott. Welbeck. My Bench: Martinez..Podolski.. Ramsey…Rosicky..Cambpell..Chamberlain..Ajayi. The boss should please approve these my starters and my benchers for this Burnley game. They will certainly make the clarets to drink heavily the wines they brought along with themselves to the Emirates Stadium. Consequently, the Gunners will find it easy to at least take 6 clarets captives into their dressing room as sovinours for Arsenal FC. At the end of proceedings, Arsenal 6-0 Burnley FT 90+

  10. We must win this game and if possible with more than 3 goals to lift up our confidence. Hopefully we will see a good show . Gunner for life ~

  11. I really think we are not as confidence as we were last season. We have to restore that before it is too late .

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