Sunday 22nd January 2017 – 14.15 – Sky Sports 1 HD
Arsenal returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend beating Swansea last and they will be confident of consecutive wins on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal have a great added incentive, since playing after all their main rivals (Chelsea aside). The results on Saturday could not have been better for the Gunners as local rivals Tottenham, Man City and Liverpool and Man Utd all dropped points.
It means that before the game starts Arsenal find themselves in a familiar 4th place, although a win will take them up to 2nd place after 22 games knowing they will face Chelsea in a couple of games time.
Arsenal are looking for a fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League and will confident they will get this against Burnley having won six of their last seven meetings against them in all competitions. Arsenal have also scored in their last 12 league games, the best current run in the league. When you consider Arsenal have scored exactly three goals in both of their previous Premier League home games against Burnley, it seems all signs are pointing to a tough afternoon’s work in store for Burnley who themselves have the worst away record in the league.
Only one of Burnley’s 26 points this season has been secured away from Turf Moor this season, a shockingly bad away record manager Sean Dyche will be keen to change. Playing Arsenal at the Emirates however is probably not the easiest place to start. Burnley have lost their last five visits to the Emirate in all competitions.
The Clarets have had 13 different goal scorers this season, a joint-league high with Manchester City however Arsenal have seen the impact recently of target man Olivier Giroud who has scored in each of his last four Premier League games, his best run since April 2015.
Whilst Arsenal will be favourites for this game and rightly so given Burnley’s atrocious away record this season, it’s not all doom and gloom for Burnley who are only seven points off their entire total from their last Premier League campaign back in the 2014/15 season, a sign that they have actually has a decent first half of the season, sitting in 12th place, comfortably 10 points above the relegation zone. They have also won three of their last four league games so actually in similar form to Arsenal. That defeat coming against Man City, a game they were unlikely to lose.
Sean Dyche should be commended for the way he has the team playing this season and you’d expect them to comfortably stay up this season. With that said Burnley have scored just three away goals in the league this season – every other club in the league has scored at least double that of Burnley. Furthermore, no club in Europe’s five biggest leagues has scored fewer on their travels than Swansea and for that reason I can see nothing other than Arsenal taking all 2 points.
By Michael Thatcher