Will Auba Maintain His Scoring Record v Burnley?

Preview of the early afternoon kick off Premier League at home to Sean Dyche’s team

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One last weekend, what chance of two today?

The usual five talking points ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League game at home to Burnley

Youth versus new signings?
So if Unai Emery is planning to start either of Dani Ceballos or Nicholas Pepe at Anfield next weekend, you’d imagine he would pick them to begin the match against Burnley. It’s a less stringent test than an away game against the same opposition, that’s for sure. And if he does, who gives way? One of the two youngsters (Willock and Nelson) that started against Newcastle? Mkhitaryan? There are questions over the fitness of Granit Xhaka, or maybe Guendouzi will step down. Remember that Ceballos is regarded as a box to box player, so could play deeper than the number 10 role most believe he has been bought for. And we of course cannot forget…

The Ozil Factor
Unai Emery has stated that both Ozil and Kolasinac are ready to play after the security concerns that kept them out of the Newcastle game. I can see Kolasinac getting a run-out at left back, and Ozil could be accommodated either as one of the wide attackers behind the striker. Whether or not he starts this game will tell us a lot about Emery’s intentions for his number 10. If the desire is to sell, he’s unlikely to risk the player. And don’t rule out a last minute illness – The Guardian has already expressed doubts over Ozil’s participation for this very reason.

David Luiz to get his debut?
You don’t have to be a sage to realise Unai Emery doesn't really fancy Callum Chambers and you get the feeling he played last week alongside Sokratis because if was a case of Hobson’s Choice for the head coach. David Luiz wasn’t match fit and Shkodran Mustafi… has had plenty of chances. So you’d imagine Luiz will make his debut in an Arsenal shirt.

A brace for Auba?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has played against Burnley three times since joining Arsenal, each time scoring two goals. Now if he’d scored a hat-trick on either of the previous two occasions, he’d have ended up sole possessor of the Premier League Golden Boot last May. Still, we’d settle for another two today.

History is on Arsenal’s side
It’s not only Auba who enjoys playing against Burnley. Arsenal have won their last 10 matches against them in all competitions. Home and away. That’s right, no draws, let alone defeats. It’s the kind of run that will have to stop sometime, but surely that will happen at Turf Moor rather than the Emirates. Arsenal certainly need maximum points so they can go into the difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Spurs with something in the bank.

It’s not only a should win game for Unai Emery, it’s a must win. To compete for a top four place, Arsenal need to take the points where they are expected to and Burnley, both home and away are expected victories. It would be nice to see better football than we saw as St James’s Park last weekend, but the weather provided some mitigation. It’s forecast to be much better today. It will also be interesting to see what kind of atmosphere there is for this game in the crowd. Last weekend’s win should certainly help in that regard, and there are plans for a drum in the Block 26 section, echoing what Crystal Palace’s ultras do to stoke the atmosphere. Some will like it, some won’t, but if it helps get the atmosphere going, I don’t have an issue with it. The game is a sell-out, although surely a number of season ticket holders will be on their holidays.


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  1. John F

    Aug 18, 2019, 06:42 #114617

    Totally agree Ron I can't stand the man.I do think Guendouzi goes down far to easy and needs to get that out of his game but Dyche conveniently forgets his own Stoke wannabes making their little fouls to try and stop the flow of the game ,but that is not cheating.

  2. itsRonagain2

    Aug 17, 2019, 23:36 #114616

    Just saw the result. A wins a win. Had misfortune to hear that utter moron, Allardyce clone Dyche whinging again. Sooner , that oaf is sacked when his vile team go down, the better, then the ‘ we luv him cos he s english’ fawning media/Sky can give up on the boneheaded nob at last. Weaning myself off football but by bit. Listening to and seeing him certainly helps the process! What a p—-k he is.

  3. mbg

    Aug 17, 2019, 18:57 #114615

    So RVP was never offered a new deal when he supposedly let Wenger, Arsenal and all us fans down by joining man yoo, remember the AKB's of the time ? The vilifying they gave him, the back turning etc, and of course TOF was blameless among his followers like he always was, I said at the time TOF was ambitiousless and RVP was right and it was proved, lies and spin from wenger at the time and for years and we don't know the half of it and probably never will.

  4. Dick Dastardly

    Aug 17, 2019, 17:46 #114614

    Good win we did enough, yeah OK the opposition, Pepe looked good when he came on but dare I say it David Luiz added a lot of know how to that back four. Me and Muttley were there today and for heaven's sake can anyone stop these tourists taking selfies of themselves and the pitch during a match? Very annoying. BTW looks like our defending is better than Citeh's right now.

  5. John F

    Aug 17, 2019, 17:15 #114613

    We played well going forward and it is looking very good in that department. Ceballos was excellent and was my man of the match and Pepe looks like he will be a class signing. The problem still remains with the awful defending especially high balls and playing out from the back.I think they should remake the film white men can't jump and call it Arsenal men can't jump.

  6. Don Howe

    Aug 17, 2019, 08:20 #114612

    This piece has an Evening Standard feel about it - telling us what is going to happen before it happens. The truth is that we have no idea what will happen save that Burnley will arrived thoroughly prepped and fit as fleas. Wenger's sides would have been blissfully unaware of this fact. Dick has more nous, but let's see. Let's hope Ozil and Xhaka are NOT playing. If they do then we are down to 9 1/2 men and you can't do that v Burnley.

  7. John F

    Aug 17, 2019, 07:57 #114611

    At the end of last season Dick made the mistake with his team selections of underestimating teams,I do hope he doesn't for this game.I thought Chambers played well last week and has apparently been playing well pre season and he would rightly be upset if he lost his place to Luiz.I suppose Dick would have to play Luiz to stop him sulking.