Arsenal barely had to get out of second gear on Wednesday night, and they’re back in action on Saturday afternoon as they host Burnley.
The Gunners endured their toughest week of the campaign thus far when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham and beaten away at Newcastle, but Mikel Arteta’s side responded with a convincing 2-0 win over Sevilla.
Arsenal have all but qualified for the Champions League round of 16 as a result.
Arteta will be hoping for similar comfort this weekend when the struggling Clarets come to town. Burnley have struggled to mirror their swashbuckling swagger from the Championship in the top flight, and have won just one of their opening 11 league games.
Predicted Arsenal lineup vs Burnley
Here’s how the Gunners could line up against Burnley on Saturday.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
David Raya (GK) – Given Arsenal’s defensive solidity, there’s a chance Raya is barely involved this weekend against a profligate Clarets outfit.
Ben White (RB) – White should continue in the side after producing a performance which mirrored his typical consistency in midweek.
William Saliba (CB) – He’s been a joy to watch at the start of 2023/24.
Gabriel (CB) – Like Saliba, Gabriel has been excellent and shouldn’t have too many issues dealing with Burnley’s attacking threat.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – I don’t think Takehiro Tomiyasu will be risked which should leave an opening for Zinchenko to come into the side.
Jorginho (DM) – Given Arsenal’s current midfield absences, Jorginho is likely to retain his place at the base of midfield and captain the side.
Declan Rice (CM) – A shoo-in. Rice has barely put a foot wrong all season and is critical to the club’s success this term.
Kai Havertz (CM) – With Martin Odegaard sure to miss out, Havertz, who has offered moments in recent outings, is likely to continue in the team. He won’t be able to replicate Odegaard’s class in possession, but he can be a nuisance.
Bukayo Saka (RW) – Saka took a mere knock in midweek amid a fine display and will be good to go this weekend.
Leandro Trossard (ST) – Nketiah may be back, but Trossard absolutely should keep his place up top after his bright performance against Sevilla. The front line looked more fluent with the Belgian leading the line following drab attacking displays against West Ham and Newcastle.
Gabriel Martinelli (LW) – Off the back of his best showing of the season so far, Martinelli will be looking to make the most of a porous Burnley defence on Saturday.