My predicted Arsenal line-up against Burnley – What’s yours?

Predicted Arsenal line-up against Burnley by Yash


Mikel Arteta’s men travel to Turf Moor on the back of an impressive week by the Gunners. The Gunners advanced to the Europa League Round of 16 clash by beating Portuguese side Benfica. They also closed the gap to the top four in our quest to finish in the European places at the end of the campaign.

Arteta must get his line-up spot-on for the remainder of the campaign, to keep his troops fresh as well as to be effective when played. So let’s look at my predicted line-up of Arsenal against Burnley which is due to be played on Saturday.


Mikel Arteta finally seems to have settled on a formation after chopping and changing it on numerous occasions during his initial few months at the Emirates Stadium. The signings of Gabriel and Thomas Partey have aided that reform in this shaky Arsenal team.

Bernd Leno will keep his place against Sean Dyche’s men who drew with Leicester in the midweek. Although the Gunners conceded a silly goal in the opening minutes at the King Power Stadium, it was more of a case of the defense not closing down the goalscorer, Youri Tielemans, rather than a Leno error. Leno to start.

Given their impressive performance against the high-flying foxes last weekend, Arteta may be tempted to play the ‘Luiz-Mari’ card again. The midweek fixture against Olympiacos is where the Arsenal’s boss can change the center-back pairing. “Don’t repair what’s not broken”, they said. Pablo Mari and David Luiz to start on Saturday.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney will be expected to start the game against the Clarets. The Spaniard was given a full 90-minute break against Brendan Rodgers’ side and thus would likely make the team on Saturday. While the lack of options in the Scotsman’s position would make any change unlikely. Bellerin and Tierney to start.

Thomas Partey will be expected to start. The Ghanaian has started the last two Arsenal games on the bench with Mikel Arteta ensuring a smooth comeback from an injury. Alongside the 27-year-old, Granit Xhaka might be given a breather as the Swiss International has played most minutes in an Arsenal shirt since Christmas. Dani Ceballos and Partey to start.

Martin Odegaard will be expected to get another start for the Reds with Emile Smith Rowe out injured. On his either sides, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka might get a run-in. Pepe was the MOTM against Leicester and thus his start against the Clarets won’t come as a surprise.

On the other hand, Saka was given a full weekend off as he saw his team-mates come from behind to beat the team, currently sitting third, 3-1. Saka, Odegaard and Pepe to start.

Benching Alexander Lacazette would surprise a few, but it might be a wise decision by the Arsenal manager. It is not a secret that Burnley relishes aerial battles, thus placing a pacy Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang instead of Lacazette can carve open the Burnley defense like a knife through the butter. Aubameyang to start.

Here’s my favourite line-up against Burnley. Who do you think should start?


Bellerin                     Luiz                       Mari                 Tierney

Partey                               Ceballos

Saka                                Odegaard                          Pepe



Yash Bisht

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  1. Fair line up you have predicted. Xhaka really needs a rest.
    Ceballos and Partey should be a good midfield combination.

    Although, I would like to see the same line up that beat Leicester.
    One thing I have learned, it is really difficult to predict Arteta’s selection.
    So let’s see what he picks tomorrow and hope we get 3 points.

  2. Admini Pat, I commend you for your admirable Arsenal starting XI prediction away to Burnley in the PL on Saturday. For, all the XI Gunners you’ve predicted to start could be made to start the match by Mikel Arteta as they are all currently looking to be in good shape of top form to start the match and win it.

    Save, I would preferred Arteta start Elneny to pair with Partey at the base of Arsenal defense-line in place of Cebbalos but if Xhaka is rested for the match. My reason been that Cebbalos whom you predicted to start was error prone making that cost Arsenal 2 goals against Benfica in Greece in the Europa. But it all depends on how Arteta view the situation.

    And it’s needless for me to say Arsenal have to beat 8urnley in this Premier League match encounter despite that their beating them will not be on a plate for Arsenal to do. But the Gunners have to do the beating job successfully for Arsenal if the club are to keep marching on towards getting a UCL spot next season through the League but which they can also secure by winning the ULC this season, which I believe us all know.

  3. Because of the aerial bombardment we will face at Burnley , Holding will start perhaps with Gabriel who has the physical strength to match Barnes and Wood who are never slow to throw their weight about.It always amazes me that Barnes in particular is rarely sent off as in every match I have seen him play, he has sailed close to the wind.We need to ensure that we keep 11 men on the pitch in the face of these wind up merchants.

    1. Excellent points and analysis, I feel much the same. Personally I’m less concerned about the lineup and more concerned about how we play.

      Will we be direct in our attack? How will we overcome the low block when they get organized defensively?

      Personally I would have spells where I freely give them possession to draw them out to attack, and then use our pace to strike before they can get back to organize.

      Tease them with moments of control, lure them into a false security and hope of a goal, then punish them with Odegaard, Auba, Pepe, and Saka in the attack.

  4. I’d prefer
    Bellerin – Holding – Gabriel – Tierney
    Partey – Ceballos
    Saka – Laca – Auba

    I think the team performs better with Laca at the 9 with two speedsters on either side of him. The team tends to stall and give the ball away more with Auba at the 9. JMO.

  5. I think both Bellerin and Ceballos are far too lightweight to play against Burnley. I prefer Cedric at right back and either Xhaka or Elneny to partner Partey.

  6. Leno
    Soares Luiz Mari Tierney
    We need a badass central defender who will play with Mari*[stones and Dias *]
    Saka ødegaard Pepe

  7. Leno, Cedric, Luis, Mari, Tierney, Partey, Elneny, Odegaard,Pepe, Saka, Laccazette. Lacca deserves more game time.

  8. give Saka another rest. we can win this without him and he played too much for a 19-year-old.

    1. Leno,
      HB, Luis , Gabriel, KT
      Xhaka, Ceballos
      Saka, Odegaard Willian

      That’s who I think he’ll go for.

      He could rest KT and play Soares.
      Laca for Auba and Partey for Ceballos

      Either way we now have good options to make a difference. But what I most want is a clean sheet. Haven’t had that for a few games now. Get that and we will win

  9. Any line up that keeps the hopeless xhaka out is fine with me but I would have Cedric and holding instead at the back …

  10. Leno
    Cedric Holding Mari Teirney
    Partey Cabellos
    Saka Ødegaard Auba

    Pepe & Willian can come on aswell a defensive player like Elneny to shore up the game.

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