Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Burnley
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, January 22 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 1/5 – Draw 11/2 – Burnley 12/1
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently in fourth place, eight points off top spot. Wenger needs to get his side on a run of form to ensure they don’t drift too far out of the title race and maintain a game from the Manchester clubs chasing the top four.
This should be a relatively straightforward tie for Arsenal, but they will know they cannot afford to underestimate Burnley. If they can get an early goal and create a good atmosphere around the ground, they should get the job done.
Burnley have been in good form of late. Sean Dyche’s side have picked up nine points from the last five games and are sitting 10th.
The Clarets come into this one having progressed in the FA Cup after their replay win against Sunderland. Their last Premier League outing was an impressive 1-0 win against Southampton.
Burnley have struggled on the road this season though. They have lost eight of their last nine on their travels and the games don’t come much tougher than this. If they can put on a defensive display like they did against Manchester United, they stand a good chance of a positive result.
Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without up to seven players for this one as Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy, Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott and Per Mertesacker are all expected to remain out, while Olivier Giroud is a doubt. Mohammed Elneny is away on international duty with Eygpt at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Burnley have just the three injury concerns as Dean Marney, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield are all doubts.
Arsenal’s last five: L/W/W/D/W
Burnley’s last five: L/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last five games against Burnley in all competitions.
Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal need to get this man tied down to a long-term contract as soon as possible. The Chilean has netted 14 times this campaign and is the Premier League’s joint top scorer. He will be expected to cause Burnley trouble here.
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley – Arsenal to pick up a comfortable three points and continue their winning run against Burnley. The Gunners have struggled to keep clean sheets this campaign and Burnley are capable of causing problems, but this one will be a step too far for Dyche’s men.