Burnley vs Arsenal: Premier League Preview, H2H & Predicted Line-ups
Underperforming Arsenal head to Turf Moor to take on hot relegation candidates Burnley in a must-win Premier League showdown on Saturday.
Those watching live football on tv this weekend can watch match highlights on Sky Sports or BBC Match of the Day late on Saturday evening, as this game is not going to be televised.
After getting Arsenal off the mark last weekend, captain Aubameyang could add to his tally against a defensively poor Burnley.
The Gabonese superstar has netted eight goals in seven Premier League appearances against the Clarets and could equal his career-high against a single opposition with another strike.
Despite taking a second-half lead through captain Ben Mee, Burnley fell to a 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last time out, extending their winless run in the Premier League to seven matches (D1, L6).
Indeed, the Clarets have failed to win any of their inaugural four league fixtures in 2021/22 (D1, L3) despite scoring first twice during that period.
Sean Dyche managed to preserve Burnley's top-flight status last season despite spending most of the 2020/21 campaign in the bottom half of the table.
But the 50-year-old has gone down in the Yorkshire side's history as the first manager to go winless in 12 consecutive league matches at Turf Moor (D6, L6).
Any hopes of halting that unwanted run will depend on Burnley's ability to keep it together at the back after failing to keep a clean sheet in seven consecutive Premier League games.
Unfortunately, Dyche can ill-afford to fall back on his side's scoring prowess, with the Clarets bagging just three goals during that seven-match sequence.
You have to go back to late January and Burnley's 3-2 win over Aston Villa to find the last time they managed to score more than once in a Premier League fixture at Turf Moor.
Arsenal enter this round amid ironic chants of 'we are staying up' as Mikel Arteta hopes to lead his side to back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since May.
A hard-fought 1-0 home win over whipping boys Norwich City last time out snapped the Londoners' three-game losing start to this Premier League season (L3) and steered them away from the drop zone.
That scoreline was a bit underwhelming considering Arsenal attempted 30 shots against the Canaries, more than they managed in their opening three league matches combined.
However, Arteta remains an unpopular figure among the Gunners faithful, who are growing frustrated with their side's lack of ability to interfere in the top-four race.
Seeking his first away league win of the season, the Spaniard will be keen to improve his side's slow entries to improve Arsenal's hopes of gathering momentum.
The visitors have already conceded six first-half goals in the Premier League this season - more than any other side in the division - falling behind within 22 minutes in both top-flight trips so far.
After keeping a clean sheet in his first two appearances for Arsenal, Aaron Ramsdale could become the first Gunners shot-stopper since Wojciech Szczesny in 2010 to make it three in a row.
Burnley vs Arsenal Head-to-Head
After racking up an eye-catching ten-game winning Premier League streak against Burnley, Arsenal have now failed to win any of their last three meetings in the competition (D2, L1). As per TheSportsToday and other football news sites, there is a lot of pressure on Arsenal to improve on a disastrous start to the season and another slip-up is likely to bring Arteta closer to the unthinkable.
Ironically, the Gunners' winless H2H run coincided with Arteta's arrival at the helm, so the pressure will be on the Spanish manager to deliver at Turf Moor.
Regardless of the outcome, we could be in for a cagey, low-scoring affair, as six of the seven Premier League games between these two here have featured under 2.5 goals.
Much of the credit for those uninspiring contests has to go to Burnley, who failed to find the net four times during that stretch of games.
Burnley vs Arsenal Predicted Line-ups
Burnley (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Charlie Taylor, Matthew Lowton; Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Johann Gudmundsson, Dwight McNeil; Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood.
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Kieran Tierney, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.