Burnley’s Connor Roberts, Kevin Long and Dale Stephens miss today’s match through injury.
Arsenal have Thomas Partey back fit but whether Mikel Arteta will risk him from the start against what’s expected to be a physical battle with Sean Dyche’s team remains to be seen. The last thing anyone needs is to see our midfielder return, only to pick up another injury. However, with Granit Xhaka suspended and Mo Elneny injured, midfield options are limited. Rob Holding remains on the sidelines too.
Last season, Burnley took four points off us. This season, they’re yet to win a game. Dyche will probably see this fixture as being the one to turn the tide. It’s not like Arsenal have done that before is it? Yes I know, we have been the gift which likes to keep on giving recently.
The draw came in March of this year and at Turf Moor. Aubameyang scored early before they equalised just before halftime. Arsenal had a number of good opportunities to put the game to bed but woodwork and poor finishing cost us in the end.Xhaka hadn’t helped our cause by being involved in gifting Burnley their goal.
Four games in, one goal on the board, it looks like finding the back of the net could be a struggle this season too. Certainly if the Norwich game is anything to go by. But at least we finally created opportunities and as the confidence grows, hopefully more goals will come.
The team which drew against Burnley earlier this year was:
Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Mari, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Lacazette, Willian and Aubameyang.
Very different to the one we’re likely to see at 3pm today. No Willian, Luiz or Xhaka for starters and it’s unlikely that we’ll see Chambers, Mari, maybe not Leno or Lacazette either. Even the subs bench will look different to what it did back then.
Bellerin, Gabriel, Ceballos, Lacazette, Holding, Pepe, Elneny, Ryan and Martinelli.
Ryan, Ceballos and Bellerin gone, Pepe and Gabriel are likely to start and Elneny and Holding are missing through injury.
That’s what a good summer in the transfer does for a squad. Whether we win, lose or draw today, I hope we see a performance. Burnley will be tough, physical and ready to go to war. Metaphorically speaking of course. Arsenal need to match them in every department. Better them in every department. Do that and our quality should win on the day but turn up in the same frame of mind as the opening three fixtures and Burnley will beat us.
See you in the comments.