Arsenal v Burnley – Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal will be looking to leapfrog into second place today with three points at home to Burnley following a draw for Tottenham Hotspur and defeat for Liverpool on Saturday.

We don’t expect the Blues to drop points at home to relegation-threatened Hull City, but they have to take on us and Liverpool in their next two league outings, which could see them join us in the extremely tight top-six battle.

The Gunners are widely-expected to beat a midtable Burnley side who have taken only one point on their travels so far this season.

Arsène Wenger’s side have won three of their last four league games including a 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City last weekend.  The Swans were 3-2 winners at Liverpool this weekend.

We should be able to call upon some returning stars today, with Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Olivier Giroud and Kieran Gibbs all expected to be available after injuries. The Frenchman was a doubt for the match after having to be subbed off last weekend, but is believed to have recovered in time to feature.

Expected Arsenal XI:

Arsenal v Burnley – Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Score Prediction
I will go with 4-0 to Arsenal today,this is because i think Burnley are very poor on road and if we turn up and play to our standard we will have too much for them and we will win this game easily.

Lucas Perez is a top-class striker-Guillem Balague

Spanish Reports Say Arsenal Could Sign Lucas Perez Today

Lucas Perez

Guillem Balague believes Lucas Perez is a top-class striker amid reports of an impending move to the Premier League.

Sky Sports News are reporting that the Deportivo La Coruna centre-forward is set fly to the English capital to undergo a medical at the north London club.

Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a striker throughout the summer but the Arsenal manager has been left frustrated in his attempt to bolster his attacking options.

The 2014 and 2015 FA Cup holders were rejected by England striker Jamie Vardy earlier this summer after the Premier League winner decided to stay and sign a new contract with Leicester City.

The three-time Premier League winners were also left stumped in their pursuit of France forward Alexandre Lacazzette after Lyon confirmed that they had turned down an offer from Arsenal.

But Sky Sports News’s La Liga expert Balague believes Perez will prove a good signing for the Gunners.

“Someone who scores 17 goals in La Liga should be considered a top signing, especially when you consider Perez did that at Deportivo,” Balague told Sky Sports.

“He’s fast, has a powerful left-footed shot, he’s clever and has been abroad already in Ukraine and Greece.

“That experience makes him different to other Spanish strikers that struggled in the Premier League in the past.

“He can play as a number nine or, more likely, on the right-hand side of attack.”

Arsenal lack physical presence-Patrick Vieira

Arsenal lack physical presence-Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira

Former captain Patrick Vieira supports manager Arsene Wenger’s stringent transfer policy at Arsenal but said reinforcements might be needed following the north London side’s lacklustre start to the Premier League campaign.

Arsenal played out a goalless draw with champions Leicester City on Saturday after losing their opening game against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month.

With the Gunners still searching for their first win of the season, Wenger has come under increasing scrutiny from the fans and the media for his lack of investment into the squad, which finished second last campaign.

“I quite admire that, in the world where some clubs have so much money, they go and buy players who are 40 million pounds and are worth 10 million,” Vieira, who captained Wenger’s last title-winning team in 2004, told British media.

Wenger has made three additions to his squad during the current transfer window, bringing in midfielder Granit Xhaka, defender Rob Holding and striker Takuma Asano.

“But on the other side the team is not doing as good as it used to and you need to win football matches,” added Vieira, who manages Major League Soccer side New York City FC. “They’ve been disappointing, losing games they should have won.

“My generation had lots of physically strong players. In this last five or six years, Arsenal went more with this type of mobile, technical players.

“Now when I watch Arsenal, yes they play good football but I just have a feeling they are missing something – the physical presence, the personality, this is what they’re missing.”

Manchester United spent 89 million pounds to bring back Paul Pogba from Juventus and Vieira hoped the France midfielder will not crumble under the pressure of the tag of being the world’s most expensive player.

“I think he’s a fantastic player, no doubt about it, but I also believe the Premier League is different, and there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders because of the price tag and expectation,” Vieira said.

“He will have to find the right balance because if he thinks he will win games by himself that will be a massive mistake for him, if he tries to do something that he can’t do that will be a massive mistake as well.”