Arsenal’s first Premier League season under Unai Emery draws to a close this Sunday away to Burnley at Turf Moor. The Clarets will enjoy their fourth straight Premier League season in 2019/20 after confirming their status once again this term under Sean Dyche, currently finding themselves 15th in the table and clear of relegation. Meanwhile, Arsenal have finished outside of the top four for a third straight season, with their focus now being solely on the Europa League final against Chelsea.
Despite a number of sticky patches, Burnley will once again be a Premier League club next season after a turnaround in fortunes in the second half of the campaign. Dyche’s team appeared to initially struggle with the early start of competitive football coming via the Europa League qualifiers in July, with it having a direct correlation with their struggling domestic form. However, they have since recovered to achieve 40 points, though they have lost back-to-back games since reaching that landmark via their 2-2 draw away to Chelsea last month. Still, they have won two of their last three games at Turf Moor and will be keen to avoid losing a 10th straight game against Arsenal in all competitions.
It’s now Europa League or bust for Arsenal, with the team securing their place in the final with an excellent performance in their 4-2 win over Valencia on Thursday night. As ever, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were the heroes for Arsenal on the night and it’s more conceivable that both will be given a rest here to keep them fresh for the final at the end of May. Currently three points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, Arsenal would need to win at Burnley and for Spurs to lose at home to Everton – whilst also seeing an eight-goal swing occur in the process – in order to finish fourth. However, Arsenal’s record of just two wins in their last 12 away games in the Premier League won’t give too many of the travelling supporters that even their team can keep up their end of the bargain.
Burnley have three injury concerns coming into this clash, with Phil Bardsley (leg), Steven Defour (calf) and Aaron Lennon (knee) all set to miss out for the home side. Dwight McNeil will hope to return to the starting XI after being left out against Everton last time out, while Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes should continue in attack.
Arsenal have five long-term absentees that will again miss out here in Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Denis Suarez, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. Unai Emery could choose to rotate his team here with a top-four finish looking highly unlikely and the Europa League final to come in just over two weeks.
Draw at 14/5 with Unibet – Neither side have much to play for coming into this contest and their respective form isn’t great either. Burnley have failed to win in three, while Arsenal have lost back-to-back games away from home in the Premier League.
Both teams to score YES at 8/15 with William Hill – Burnley have scored in 13 of their last 14 home games, with Manchester City being the only team that have managed to keep them out at Turf Moor in that time. Arsenal are fresh off of putting four past Valencia away from home on Thursday and have netted in each of their last 11 games against Burnley.