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Bellerin misses out, Giroud starts against Burnley 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin isn’t deemed fit enough for the starting lineup for this afternoon’s clash with Burnley, but striker Olivier Giroud returns from an ankle injury to keep his place in attack. Gabriel Paulista has impressed at right-back in Bellerin’s stead and starts in the makeshift role against Burnley with Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal for company in the defence.

Arsenal 1/5 to win against Burnley 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are big favourites to pick up all three points against Burnley when the two sides lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon. The Gunners have been in fantastic form in recent weeks, particularly on home soil, and will fancy their chances against a Burnley outfit who haven’t managed a victory on the road all season.

Arsenal could move above second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Liverpool with a win at home today. Arsene Wenger’s men have won three of their last four games overall in the division and four straight victories on home soil ahead of this afternoon’s clash. The Gunners have also beaten Burnley in each of their last four league meetings, conceding just once, so the omens are good going into the clash.

Arsenal v Burnley Premier League Preview 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League looking to keep pace with the teams above them in the table.

Arsenal’s form has been good of late and the Gunners will be aiming to record their fifth straight home win in this clash. Arsene Wenger’s side head into this clash on the back of a 4-0 away win at struggling Swansea.

Olivier Giroud and Alex Sanchez both got on the scoresheet either side of own goals from Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton. The win means that Arsenal are fourth in the table and eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Gunners chasing a fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host newly-promoted Burnley in the Premier League this weekend chasing a fifth consecutive win at home. The Gunners have won four on the bounce in their own backyard ahead of the visit of the Clarets and are trying to keep up with Chelsea (seven home wins) and Tottenham Hotspur (six home wins) who are also trying to maintain their own respective home winning streak.

Arsenal’s recent home form
(27/11/16) Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
(10/12/16) Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City
(26/12/16) Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(1/1/17) Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

Burnley shouldn’t be underestimated this weekend 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are 1/5 to win against Burnley when the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the Gunners shouldn’t assume this weekend’s clash will be a walkover given how well the Clarets have fared in 2016/17, coupled with their close results in recent head-to-heads. Arsenal were fortunate to win the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign and might be given a tough time for long periods even with home advantage.

Alex Iwobi a minor doubt with illness 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi revealed on social media that he’s struggling with cold & flu symptoms days before the Gunners welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium. He added how he’s taking a number of suppressants in the form of lozenges and flu medication, but his situation might give pause for thought for manager Arsene Wenger.

With Arsenal are 1/5 to win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, Wenger may feel he can cope without Iwobi if the Nigerian isn’t 100% going into the game. Lucas Perez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are solid options on the right flank, assuming Alexis Sanchez operates on the left with Olivier Giroud leading the line, so the 20-year-old isn’t a cert to start this weekend.

Giroud faces a race to be fit in time for the visit of Burnley 0

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal welcoming Burnley to the Emirates Stadium in their latest Premier League clash in three days, striker Olivier Giroud has little time to put himself in contention of starting after making a late recovery from injury. The French international came off after an hour in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Swansea City with an ankle knock but manager Arsene Wenger gave a positive update in his press conference that suggests Giroud has a chance of starting this weekend.

Who will get the nod between Ramsey and Coquelin this weekend? 0

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin is back training with the side and available for selection for Sunday’s Premier League clash with newly-promoted and travel-sick Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey partnered Granit Xhaka in the middle of the park in Saturday’s 4-0 win away to Swansea City while Coquelin was out of action, and given he’s impressed in recent weeks the Welsh international might keep his place as Arsenal need to retain some creativity against a Burnley side who will try to nullify their threat.

Bellerin could start against the Clarets 0

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin could return to the starting lineup for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley after manager Arsene Wenger revealed the talented right-back has returned from injury. Centre-back Gabriel Paulista has operate as a makeshift full-back in Bellerin’s stead but the Spaniard is now available for selection after missing last week’s win over Swansea with a malleolar injury.

The 21-year-old has been ever-present for Arsenal this season, making 17 Premier League appearances. Bellerin has made two assists from 12 chances created. He’s been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium with former club Barcelona looking for a right-back, but Bellerin committed his future to Arsenal by signing a long-term deal and will be hoping to get his season back on track.

Walcott remains sidelined for Sunday’s clash with Burnley 0

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed attacker Theo Walcott is still out with injury ahead of Sunday’s visit of Burnley. The 27-year-old has been out of action since Boxing Day with a calf strain but isn’t close to returning. “Overall from last week, Walcott is not back in the group and won’t be available for selection on Sunday,” said the Gunners boss.

From 16 Premier League appearances this season, Theo Walcott has scored eight goals while making two assists for Arsenal, but has now missed a total of five games due to muscle injuries. He started the campaign strongly after nailing down a starting place in the first four months, but now Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will compete for a place on the right wing this weekend.

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