Arsenal host Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
Every week Arsenal seem to be faced with a must-win game. Languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League with 13 points from 11 matches and sitting eight points adrift of fourth spot, the visit of the Clarets could even determine the outcome of their season, let alone be classed as must-win.
If Arsenal don’t win, or Heavens to Betsy lose on Sunday, then it could well spell curtains for any faint aspirations there may be of securing a Champions League berth this season. Even worse, if Mikel Arteta was feeling the pressure before, defeat would plummet him to the very depths of Challenger Deep.
As per the Premier League table, there are only five sides worse off than the Gunners at present. One of them is Burnley. Just one win from their opening ten matches leaves them occupying the final spot of the relegation zone, so in truth, Arsenal couldn’t ask for a better fixture.
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We’ve come to realise now that this means nothing. It doesn’t matter who the opposition are, if you can’t score goals you might as well be playing yourself. Coming up against a side known for their defensive stability and unwillingness to chase games away from home, the current predicament could remain unsolved.
It’s remarkable that despite how woeful Arsenal have been this season, they could move within five points of a top four spot if results go their way. With fixtures aplenty to come over December, including another home league clash on Wednesday, getting a positive run together is the only way that this season can come within reach of being rekindled.
Here’s your preview for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Burnley.