Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Elneny, Lacazette; Willian, Aubameyang, Saka
Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez
Arsenal vs Burnley Score Prediction
Let’s start with some history.
Burnley have never beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, losing all six of their visits to the capital. They’ve come close to claiming a draw before, but there has been late drama in this fixture on more than one occasion. Furthermore, Sean Dyche has never beaten Arsenal, the only club he’s never tasted victory over in the Premier League.
Good omens, right?
They are indeed. However, Arsenal can’t even begin to contemplate mustering a single thought about past records. Nor can the fans. It is do or die on Sunday, make absolutely no bones about it.
Just like with Tottenham, nobody is under any illusions as to how the Clarets will approach the game. They’ll get bodies in the box, invite crosses and look to find either Robbie Brady or Dwight McNeil in wide areas where they can whip their own balls in for the front two. Equally, they’ll go long down the middle in search of Chris Wood, and get bodies around him to pick up second balls.
That’s how they’ll play. Sadly, on the other hand, everyone also knows exactly how Arsenal will, too. The style has become the bane of our lives: tiresome, lethargic shifting of play into wide areas to grant the opponent all the time they need to organise themselves defensively.
Will that change on Sunday? Will Arsenal pose a threat in other areas?
I think not. What I do think though, is that we’ll win this game. With the approach Arteta uses, it relies on individual errors or high turnovers to be most dangerous. No such opportunities have been forthcoming thus far, but there has to come a point where a half-chance, wherever from, will be tucked away.
This game may follow a similar trajectory to Sheffield United when they came to the Emirates: Arsenal will probe without penetration, and a brief five/ten minute spell could be Burnley’s undoing.