Can Arsenal carry on their impressive recent form at Burnley? Football Form Labs give us the preview and a strong fancy
Burnley v Arsenal - Sunday 16:30, Sky Sports 1
Burnley recorded a deserved victory over Watford last week and didn’t particularly miss the suspended Andre Gray, though his pace on the break would have been useful against an Arsenal side likely to push high up the pitch. Instead, record signing Jeff Hendrick got his first goal, but it’s Steven Defour who has Burnley fans purring. The Belgium international got two assists against the Hornets and has now either scored or assisted four of Burnley’s five goals this season, whilst his set-pieces have also been dangerous.
Arsenal have found their groove recently, following up on their impressive demolition of Chelsea with a comfortable win in Europe, making it eight games unbeaten having won each of their last four. Mesut Ozil looks to be finding his feet after an extended post-Euro 2016 break, Alexis Sanchez has been a menace as usual, whilst Theo Walcott looks rejuvenated with five goals in his last three appearances. Alex Iwobi is yet to score this season, but has been dangerous and inventive nonetheless.
Burnley have a great defensive record at home but this is the kind of game Arsene Wenger specialises in and it is hard to imagine Sean Dyche’s men keeping Arsenal out for too long. Just to underline this, the Gunners have won 22 of 25 matches against promoted teams since 2012/13. Santi Cazorla is in fine fettle at the moment and along with Granit Xhaka will pull the strings from midfield. Burnley are likely to spend much of the game defending very deep without sufficient pace to hit the Gunners on the break, and once Arsenal get that first goal it will be very difficult for them to get back into the contest. With three clean sheets in a row, we think Arsenal can extended that run with a win to nil at 2.25.