Walcott to continue scoring run against Burnley
Match Preview: Burnley vs Arsenal – Premier League – 02.10.2016
Nothing gives me greater joy, or internal conflict, than Arsenal flying. Inevitably what goes up must come down and when Arsenal are playing like they are at the moment I am in a state of perpetual fear of when it all comes crashing down.
Burnley away, the day after Wenger celebrates another milestone, is precisely the sort of match that gives me the cold sweats. On paper it is a game we should walk with ease but often these are the games we fail so spectacularly in. However, I said before the Basel game that Arsenal were proving they weren’t taking anything for granted so I am electing to ignore the tussle in my head and look at the positives.
Theo Walcott scored in his third consecutive game on Wednesday night and I fancy him to score in four games in a row for what I believe is the first time in his career. I expect Alexis will continue upfront and as much as I believe this sort of game is perfect for Giroud I don’t think we should rock the boat unnecessarily so Olivier will have to be content as Plan B.
Sunday’s match will Arséne Wenger’s first after officially completing 20 years as Arsenal manager. The past week has seen Arsenal produce the best football we’ve seen in 5 or 6 years but the best of Wengerball means nothing if we cannot be consistent. This match is a potential chance to close the gap on Manchester City who are six for six in the league and face Tottenham this weekend. Celtic showed they can be exposed so I fancy a draw there.
Arsenal have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches in all competitions and have torn apart Hull, Forest, Chelsea and Basel in recent weeks with Theo and Alexis standout performers in an almost faultless team.
I think Arsenal will in big again here.
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Özil; Alexis, Iwobi, Walcott
I expect to see substitute appearances from Elneny, Giroud and Ox.
“When we have good movement, with the quality and speed of our passing and when it is on a high level, we can be a danger in every situation.” – Laurent Koscielny
Last 3 Meetings
- Arsenal 2-1 Burnley (30.01.2016—FA Cup)
- Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (11.04.2015)
- Arsenal 3-0 Burnley (01.11.2014)
Burnley have started well on their return to the Premier League with victory over Watford last week taking them to seven points from six games. Belgian midfielder Steven Defour Burnley is their danger man but Arsenal must also be wary of their Burnley’s ability.
- The two clubs first clashed on 1 August 1897, a 1-1 draw in the Second Division.
- Arsenal haven’t lost to Burnley in seven matches.
- Theo Walcott has scored four goals in his last three starts.
3-0 to Arsenal. Walcott, Alexis and Özil to score.
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