The Premier League is back again this weekend and in a refreshing change of pace for Arsenal (depending on how you look at it) they would’ve had an entire week to prepare for their next game after beating Norwich City last Saturday. The reason for that is a simple one – there’s no European football for the Gunners to get involved in this season with their only focus being on the three domestic competitions remaining.
As such you’d imagine they would be thriving but by now, we’ve all come to learn just how unpredictable being an Arsenal fan is.
Burnley are one of five clubs without a win in the Premier League this season and yet, they showed some really positives signs in defeat when they fell to Everton on Monday Night Football. They’re a team that possesses the sort of grit you just can’t buy at this level and there’s every reason to believe they should be able to keep that surge going – but then again, their squad isn’t really up to scratch when compared with many of the teams around them.
Arsenal had a tricky start to the campaign and the win over Norwich last Saturday wasn’t really as convincing as it needed to be, but Mikel Arteta will take what he can get at this stage. He knows that he needs to keep picking up wins if he wants to keep the fans off his back and right now, that’s exactly what he’s doing – even if it’s just the Canaries they’ve been able to topple. They do struggle with away days at teams with an intimidating presence and the Clarets have been known to provide that from time to time, even if Turf Moor isn’t always a cauldron of noise.
We think this one is going to go in a similar direction to the Norwich game with Arsenal grabbing a late second half goal to steal all three points. “Steal” is the operative word there because Burnley are more than capable of bullying and harassing this team, which we know they don’t enjoy based on their opening day defeat to Brentford. This isn’t going to turn things around by any stretch of the imagination but all that matters is getting points on the board and getting out of that dreaded bottom half of the table.
Will Arsenal build on the momentum they gained from the Norwich win?