Burnley V Arsenal Preview:

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 5:24pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Burnley will be aiming to damage moral as a buoyant Arsenal make the trip to Turf Moor.

Arsenal have looked like a side rejuvenated under the guidance of new gaffer on the block Mikel Arteta.

However, after a dire run of form which included 10 games without a win, Sean Dyche’s side go into this tie with back to back wins under their belt.

One of those wins was an extremely impressive 2-1 victory over high-flyers Leicester, as they battled back from 1-0 down to beat the Foxes at home.

Burnley have struggled at times this campaign, but their home form has always been more reliable than their performances on the road.

Whilst The Clarets attempts to make Turf Moor a fortress have stuttered at times, they have registered treble the amount of home wins as the Gunners have away victories.

Arsenal’s problems outside of North London are well documented, yet under Mikel Arteta’s leadership their only defeat actually came within the walls of the Emirates with a late capitulation against Chelsea.

Whilst top four hopes are all but dead in the water for the Gunners, top six and a Europa League spot is still something they should very much be aiming for. A loss could also see those aspirations become out of reach.

Burnley sit on the same amount of points as the Gunners, a win potentially propelling them from 13th to 9th.

Team news:

Burnley:

Burnley have no real injury concerns other than Johan Gudmundsson who picked up a thigh strain at the start of the year.

Arsenal:

David Luiz returns from his suspension, as does leading marksmen Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang who has finished his three game spell on the sidelines after the first straight red of his career against Crystal Palace.

With the return of Aubameyang, it will likely see one of teen sensation Gabriel Martinelli and Frenchmen Alexandre Lacazette make way for Arsenal’s skipper.

Kieran Tierney (dislocated shoulder), Callum Chambers (ruptured ACL) and Shkodran Mustafi (sprained ankle) all remain out.

 

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