Only three places separate Arsenal and Burnley as Gunners go in search of first win in five
Arsenal to win 1-0
Both Arsenal and Burnley find themselves in league positions at odds to where fans would expect them to be based on previous seasons.
Arsenal go from one setback to another, completely unable to pull any string of form together in the league so far, with the North London defeat last weekend condemning them to their 6th defeat from just 11 matches.
The pressure continues to mount on manager Mikel Arteta’s shoulders and, despite the club’s board continuing to show their support, can’t be too many more defeats away from the sack.
Burnley, you could argue, are also in a false position based on their league finishes over the previous few seasons.
They have started to play with some of the grit that we have seen over the years recently, and you would expect them to gradually grind their way up the table with their fighting spirit.
Form Guide (all comps): WLWLW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Perfect Europa League form has helped take their mind off poor domestic run
Won their previous nine home games against Burnley
Reasons to be fearful:
This is their worst start to a season since 1981
62 chances created is the third-lowest in the league
Arsenal’s league form is a complete contrast to their performances throughout the Europa League so far this season.
The Gunners have a perfect six from six record to take them through to the knockout phase, one of the only positives so far in a tough season.
Their weaknesses were exposed in ruthless fashion by Tottenham last weekend, who strolled to a 2-0 victory despite the Gunners having the majority of possession.
Their imagination is at an all-time low. In previous seasons, they were one of the top teams in terms of creating chances up front, though are now one of the worst at finding their way to goal.
Star Man – Bukayo Saka
Has been one of the shining lights for Arsenal in the league. His youthful energy is showing up the likes of Aubameyang currently.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Five points from five matches is better form
Looked solid against Everton last weekend
Reasons to be fearful
Pressure is mounting on Arsenal and they are desperate for victory
Lost all six away matches against The Gunners
Sean Dyche has said that this is not the time to panic, despite slipping into the bottom three of late, with Fulham leapfrogging them into 17th place.
They have just one win to their name this season, though two draws from the previous five matches shows that they are starting to rediscover some of the grit that has made them difficult to play against over the years.
Last weekend’s draw against Everton showed that they are capable of battling against teams with better quality and they will be looking to draw upon that this time around against Arsenal.
Dyche will be wary of a response from The Gunners, who have gone four matches without victory. He also has a terrible record at Arsenal to think about, losing all of their meetings at The Emirates stadium.
Star Man – Robbie Brady
Faces a late fitness test to be ready, but was a driving force in midfield against Everton last weekend.
Arsenal must be positive to create more chances
Burnley will look to frustrate the Gunners by keeping things tight
Arsenal are favourites, but only just
Arsenal will fancy their chances of securing a much-needed victory here, though will find it tough to break down Burnley’s resolve.
They will also be without the injured Thomas Partey, and David Luiz is a doubt after suffering a head injury against Wolves two weeks ago.
If Burnley can do what they did against Everton and keep things tight, they could come away with a point. But Arsenal have to hit back at some point, and are slight favourites to do that here.
Arsenal to win 1-0