Burnley v Arsenal Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Last week’s win against Tottenham was hugely important for Arsenal, not just for beating our biggest rivals but because the three points took us right back into contention for the Top Four of the Premier league. Looking at it from that perspective, today’s game at Burnley is just as important as we face another rival at the top of the table.

The hugely improved Clarets are equal on points with us right now, and have an excellent home record in this campaign, and if you look at these results you can see just how hard they have become to beat at Turf Moor.

This could be an even bigger test for the Gunners than last week’s derby given our two tight matches against Burnley last season and our abysmal form away from the Emirates this season….

But one factor in our favour is that we always beat Burnley somehow and other than a League Cup defeat in 2008 we haven’t lost to them in the League since 1974. This is the only bright statistic I can find for this game!

So all in all this looks like it is going to be a fascinating contest, and like last week there are few people predicting an Arsenal win which always gives me a little more confidence.

There are few fans that doubt that last week’s starting XI against the Spuds is probably our best team, and with no new injuries Wenger can stick with our most impressive line-up. I really can’t see him making any changes for this game, so this team should be very easy to predict, especially as none of our reserves covered themselves in glory in midweek…

Here is the very simple prediction….

Koscielny Mustafi Monreal
Bellerin Ramsey Xhaka Kolasinac
Ozil Alexis

But despite most people’s reservations, I still think that this team is more than capable of beating Burnley into submission. All we have to do is make sure that the team plays with the same heart and desire as they did last week.

Although Burnley rarely concede at home, I am going to stick my neck out and predict a 2-0 win for the Gunners.

What do you think?



  1. Goonerboy says:

    If I were to be the manager, I will find a way to include Giroud, Lacazette, Sanchez and Ozil in this match so Burnley won’t ne able to negate us…

    I don’t know how they nullify the runs of Lacazette, the aerial ability of Giroud, the skills, visions,trickery and scoring ability of Sanchez and the Ozil’s probing passess at the same time for an entire 90mins…

    We MUST win this…coyg!!!

  2. soccerboy says:

    arsenal win 1-2. It is going to be difficult but achievable. Same lineup against Tots please.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal would win as long as the team is fully committed to this game. They need a lot of creativity to unlock Burnley’s defense and high mobility/ work rate from the deep midfielders/ wingbacks to prevent Burnley’s runners from penetrating Arsenal’s defense area.

    Sanchez and Ozil have to perform if they want a bigger contract offer from Arsenal or other clubs. No pain, no gain.

    1. Rkw says:

      That’s true but we have no midfield creativity in this line up … Could drop ozil back as Germany have been doing to replace Ramsey and play giroud or Iwobi up front or drop Ramsey and replace with wilshire … Wenger won’t do either though .. Either way this is arguably the biggest game of the year so far and will depend on repeat of effort levels seen last weekend to get a result

  4. John Ibrahim says:

    hard to include unless we have Mendy and Sidbe as wingbacks

    and Martial and or Mbappe to support the attack

  5. Nothing changed says:

    Easy victory especially if we leave Laca on the pitch for the last 20 minutes when the defenders will be tired.

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    Burnley have been excellent against the top teams this season (picking up more points than us), and we have been horrific in away games. I hope we win, but given how consistent we are in away games, I just cannot see us winning this. And for the love of God, can Lacazette please play a full game! How can you spend £50 million on a player, and never use them for an entire game? So many goals are scored in the last ten minutes, so use Lacazette, and Giroud, if we’re in need of a goal.

    1-1 is my prediction. Only +3 goal difference separates the two clubs in the league, Burnley have lost two less games than us, and perform better against the top sides. This will be a really tough game.

  7. TK Davis says:

    Play jack in xhaka’s stead. He will be fired up and eager to grab the opportunity. After all xhhaka hasn’t done much in the last few games.

  8. Sue says:

    Come on Arsenal

  9. Gunner 71 says:

    Ozil not in team today. Not sure why

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I thought there was going to be a lineup change for today, given Iwobi was on the bench on Thursday night, just wasn’t sure who for, and now we know. Injury for Ozil I am guessing.

  10. Godswill says:

    We are not conceding any goal. A win of anyhow even if it’s going to be the referee will happen.
    Let Lacazette be on the pitch for 90 minutes.

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