Walcott to continue scoring run against Burnley

By Daniel Cowan
In Arsenal
Sep 30th, 2016
2 Comments

Match Preview: Burnley vs Arsenal – Premier League – 02.10.2016

walcott playing chelsea

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.

Predicted Line-up

Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Xhaka; Özil; Alexis, Iwobi, Walcott

I expect to see substitute appearances from Elneny, Giroud and Ox.

Match Quote

“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)

Form Guide

Arsenal
WWWWD

Burnley
WLDLL

Opposition watch

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.

Factfile

  • 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.

Prediction

3-0 to Arsenal. Walcott, Alexis and Özil to score.

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2 Responses to “Walcott to continue scoring run against Burnley”

  1. dave says:

    At the beginning of the season, you wrote a piece proclaiming that Walcott could be our secret weapon. I replied to your piece with derision. You replied to me,pointing out that theo played well and scored against city i think in a pre season friendly. My answer to that was that friendlies count for shit but that i’d love to have my words rammed down my throat. Apologies to you and i am adding salt and pepper to my words in preparation for that big slice of humble pie that i’m getting ready to eat. You was right to keep the faith in the short term at least and here’s hoping that i’m going to be eating more of that humble pie at the end of the season

    • Daniel Cowan says:

      That’s very big of you Dave. We all make mistakes with players – I’ve said on three separate occasions that I think Koscielny is on the decline only for him to make a fool of me with a grand resurgence. The important thing is we trust the manager when he keeps the faith because they have been our two best performers this season. Fingers crossed they keep it up. #COYG

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