Burnley v Arsenal preview: Gunners look to build on Tottenham win
Last Updated: 26/11/17 2:01pm
Arsenal will be looking for their seventh straight win over Burnley when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).
The Gunners have won their last six meetings in all competitions against the Clarets, including the last two at Turf Moor in the Premier League by a 1-0 scoreline.
However, both meetings last season were decided by 90th-minute winners, and the two sides start this weekend level on 22 points.
While the Gunners will be looking to build on their north London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley have won their last three games, and have beaten Chelsea and drawn at both Liverpool and Spurs so far this season.
"It's an opportunity to measure ourselves against one of the top clubs in the division," said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
"Two big decisions went against us last year, but it's not about righting wrongs. The team is moving forward, not just defensively, we're finding a calmness to our play during games."
Chris Wood is available to return for Burnley after missing last weekend's win against Swansea due to fatigue, having been on international duty with New Zealand.
Tom Heaton, Dean Marney and Jon Walters miss out with injuries.
Arsenal will recall a host of first-team regulars having made 11 changes for Thursday's Europa League defeat at Cologne.
Santi Cazorla (ankle) is the only absentee for the Gunners with Danny Welbeck in contention despite coming off at half-time in Germany having recovered from a recent groin problem.
Burnley have won just one of their last 13 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (D3 L9), winning 2-0 in a League Cup tie at Turf Moor in December 2008.
Arsenal have won their last six meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last two in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline.
Arsenal won both Premier League meetings with the Clarets last season courtesy of 90th-minute winners - only the second ever occasion of a team doing this home and away against the same opponent in the competition (after Manchester United v Manchester City in 2009-10).
Turf Moor has only seen seven goals scored in six Premier League matches this season; fewer than any other stadium in the competition.
Burnley will cause Arsenal problems, but I'm going for a 3-1 away win. Do Arsenal turn up?
Arsenal surely know they're going to be in a battle, and if they know that they'll win. If they think it's a lovely Sunday afternoon stroll in Burnley, there's only one winner, and that's Burnley.
But if Arsenal match their enthusiasm early on, I can see them winning.
These are the type of games where Arsenal prove themselves. Man City go and wipe the floor with these teams, but you just don't know what will happen with Arsenal.
If Arsene Wenger's side don't turn up, they won't grind out a 1-0 win. It's all about consistency with Arsenal, the magic one. The win over Spurs should change the attitude of some of players, you'd like to think so, but you can't find two games that are more chalk and cheese; home to Tottenham and away at Burnley.
The fans were up for it, under pressure to perform, they rub their faces in it. Now it's Burnley, who won't leave anything on that pitch. Spurs did, big players didn't turn up.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3 (11/1 with Sky Bet)
Arsenal are Sky Bet's 4/7 favourites for the victory with Burnley priced at 19/4, while the draw is a 3/1 chance. However, the bookmaker fail to pick a favourite in the first goalscorer betting, with Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez all 7/2 to net first, while Chris Wood is 5/1 to break the deadlock.