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Could Burnley trip up Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 29 Sep 2016

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche could have a massive job on his hands to keep the Clarets in the Premier League

Burnley boss Sean Dyche could have a massive job on his hands to keep the Clarets in the Premier League

Arsenal travel to Turf Moor to face newly-promoted Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, in a game that could see an upset given the impressive home form of the underdogs.

Arsenal are enjoying a fantastic run of results in all competitions, but they’ve often been given a tough test away to Burnley in the past which could see their winning streak broken this weekend.

Burnley in fine form at Turf Moor this season

Burnley have impressed in their own backyard in the Premier League this season, picking up seven points from four games at Turf Moor. Only Manchester City have managed more points on home soil than Burnley this season, and only Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur boast a better defensive record.

Sean Dyche has once again made his Clarets side a tough team to beat, building on their tight defensive record on home soil, and they have always given Arsenal a hard time in the past, picking up a draw in and only suffering a 1-0 defeat in their last two home meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League (2009 & 2015).

Liverpool have fallen short at Turf Moor already this season so Arsenal shouldn’t take Burnley for granted when the two sides lock horns. It will be a meeting of two contrasting playing styles, with the robust nature of Burnley against the free-flowing football of Arsenal.

Arsenal have added much-needed steel to compete against robust sides of substance

Sunday’s game is a fixture that would be a potential banana-skin tie in the past, but Arsenal have added some real muscle to the side in recent transfer windows to ensure they are no longer bullied by the opposition. The likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny are physically imposing midfield players and can match anyone for strength.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has the option to add more steel to the midfield depending on the opposition, and he may well look to substance over style against Burnley. The Clarets will cover a lot of distance to try and keep Arsenal at bay, and will use tactical fouls as a way to break up the play and half any Arsenal momentum.

This weekend’s meeting is sure to be a tough game for the Gunners as a result, and they certainly can’t afford any more slip-ups with Premier League leaders Manchester City already running away with the title. Burnley are 35/4 to win against Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Will there be an upset this weekend?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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