Preview - Burnley vs Arsenal 12 May 19

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May 12, 2019, 04:14 AM Last Edit: May 13, 2019, 05:48 AM by Harry85
Match Day 38
Burnley vs. Arsenal
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: W W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.76
Top Scorer: Ashley Barnes (11)

Last five matches form: W L L L D
Average goals per match: 1.89
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20)

It's been a big week for Arsenal with their win in Valencia seeing them through to the Europa League final. Big as that game is in any case, it carries even more weight for Arsenal as it now represents their only realistic way into next seasons Champion's League. In order to make it into the top for of the Premier League, they need to beat Burnley in this game, hope Tottenham lose at home to Everton, and have an eight goal swing in their favour….

For Burnley this game represents the end of what has been an arduous campaign which thankfully for Sean Dyche and his men has seen them survive with something to spare in the end. They will likely be up for this one though as most sides are in their final home game of the season.

Arsenal picked up the points with a 3-1 win in the reverse fixture. The game here last season also went the Gunners way. 2-1 the score-line on that occasion.

Steven Defour and Aaron Lennon are out for the home side. Aaron Ramsey, Héctor Bellerín, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding all miss out for Arsenal.

The chance of qualifying for the Champion's League with a win in this game seems so remote that it is difficult to imagine Arsenal going full tilt here, particularly with that big European final to come. Unai Emery may even rest a few key players and we fancy the home side to come out on top.

Prediction: Burnley 2 - 1 Arsenal


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  14 - 17
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 40% - 60%

Tom Heaton, Ashley Barnes, James Tarkowski, Matthew Lowton and Jack Cork were all booked for the home side, with Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal also having his name taken by referee Mike Dean.

Al the goals came in the second half in this one with the Gunners opening the scoring seven minutes after the break. A diabolical ball back towards his own defence from Jack Cork playing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clean through on goal. The Gabon man racing into the area before finishing into the bottom right from 17 yards.

Eleven minutes later Arsenal and Aubameyang made it two. Alex Iwobi receiving the ball inside the area to the left-hand side and lofting a lovely ball beyond the far post. Aubameyang crashing a volley into the left hand side from around four yards out to the right. That goal was enough to give Aubameyang a share of the Golden Boot with the Liverpool duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

Two minutes later Burnley were back in it. A sustained spell of pressure from the home side seeing Arsenal fail to clear their lines as the ball flashed back and forward across their box. Johann Gudmunsson eventually clipping in a ball from inside the left of the area to be nodded home from four yards by Ashley Barnes.

Arsenal finally made sure of the points in the third minute of stoppage time. Iwobi playing in Eddie Nketiah in the left of the area and the youngster heading towards the by-line before finishing under the keeper from a tight angle. 1-3 final score.

It's fifth in the end for Arsenal then. They miss out on the automatic Champion's League qualification spots, being pipped by just one point by their biggest rivals Tottenham Hotspur. They may yet make it through though should they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final.

Burnley finish in 15th with 40 points. Overall that didn't hit the heights of last season, but must still rate a solid performance from Sean Dyche and his men considering the resources they have at their disposal.

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