Two teams that started the new Premier League season with three points meet at the Emirates Stadium this Saturday, as Arsenal face Burnley. Unai Emery’s team kicked off the campaign with a 1-0 win away to Newcastle, while Dean Dyche’s Clarets ran away comfortable 3-0 winners against Southampton at Turf Moor. Burnley haven’t had too much joy against Arsenal in recent times, with the Gunners winning each of their last 10 head-to-head meetings in all competitions.
Unai Emery raised one or two eyebrows with his team selection on Sunday afternoon, but still saw his team come away with the three points at St. James’ Park. Calum Chambers, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson were all named in the starting XI, and although it was not the most convincing of performances on a miserable afternoon in the north east, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half effort proved to be enough to see off Steve Bruce’s men. Arsenal supporters will be circling this game as another must-win fixture, particularly when looking forward to their next two games before the international break. Following Burnley, Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield before hosting Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, as they look to make a positive start to the new season. Winning 10 of their last 12 games at home in the Premier League, Arsenal will be confident of making it two wins from two here.
On the face of it, Burnley’s clash with Southampton looked set to be one of the most tightly-contested games on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, but ultimately proved to be anything but. Three second half goals saw Sean Dyche’s side make the perfect start on the opening day, as an Ashley Barnes brace was added to by a Johann Berg Gudmundsson effort to seal a confidence-boosting three points for the hosts. It seems Burnley are banking on continuity this term after a relatively quiet transfer window that also saw them lose club captain Tom Heaton to Aston Villa, but Saturday proved once again that, if nothing else, they will be a handful for any team to deal with this season. However, they come into this game having lost each of their last 10 matches with Arsenal, last defeating them in a League Cup tie back in 2008.
Full-backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are both set to miss out through injury, while this game should also come too soon for Rob Holding. Reiss Nelson should keep his place in the starting XI after impressing at Newcastle last time out, while Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette will be pushing to start after being substitutes last time out. Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac could be missing once again due to safety concerns.
Loan signing Danny Drinkwater could be involved after beginning training with his new side. Robbie Brady (broken rib) will miss out through injury for the home side, while Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Steven Defour are also doubts. Sean Dyche will likely name the same starting XI as last time out, with Ashley Barnes looking to add to his brace from last time out.
Arsenal weren’t overly convincing at times during their victory over Newcastle last time out, but Burnley are a side they have enjoyed playing against in recent times, winning 10 in a row against them. As such, we like the look of Arsenal HT/Arsenal FT at 1.80 in this one. However, there still looks to be a vulnerability about the Gunners’ backline and Burnley netted three last time out, which also sees us lean towards both teams to score at 2.05.