Burnley v Arsenal preview: Gunners look to build on Tottenham win


Wenger will hope that record continues on Sunday when Arsenal face a Burnley side who are also known for their physical qualities all over the pitch.

The Gunners play 13 times in the next six weeks with Europa League and EFL Cup games interspersed between a busy league schedule.

Tom Heaton, Dean Marney and Jon Walters miss out with injuries.

Provisional squad: Pope, Lindegaard, Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor, Ward, Tarkowski, Bardsley, Defour, Brady, Ulvestad, Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, Arfield, Gudmunsson, Vokes, Barnes, Wood.

After Thursday night's shock defeat at Cologne in the Europa League, Arsenal are expected to revert to a full-strength side for their trip to Burnley - here is our predicted XI.

Santi Cazorla (ankle) is the only absentee for the Gunners with Danny Welbeck in contention despite coming off at half-time in Germany having recovered from a recent groin problem.

Likewise, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac have improved on their showing as a pair, and they are assured of starting in the right and left wing-back positions respectively.

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The Clarets have conceded just nine goals all season, and have won their last three league games on the bounce.

Arsenal will be looking for their seventh straight win over Burnley when they travel to Turf Moor on Sunday.

Turf Moor has only seen seven goals scored in six Premier League matches this season; fewer than any other stadium in the competition.

Few might have expected to see Burnley as high as seventh in late November, but what's concerning for the Gunners is the fact they're now level on points, making this one of the tightest top-flight clashes there's been between these two teams.

"Against Burnley, that will be different".

Mesut Ozil is the top Arsenal assist maker since the start of last season and it's worth noting that he has created 30 goalscoring chances from open play this season in the Premier League; more than any other player. Only Eden Hazard (343) is above the German (310) in this category in the competition since his debut in September 2013. An unbelievable pin-point cross for Olivier Giroud against Manchester United last season was a rare occasion where a long-range cross was converted.