Preview - Arsenal vs Burnley 17 August 19

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Aug 13, 2019, 11:05 PM Last Edit: Aug 13, 2019, 11:07 PM by Harry85
Match Day 2
Arsenal vs. Burnley
Saturday, August 17th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Emirates Stadium

Last five matches form: L L D W W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.92
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.34
Top Scorer (18/19): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22)

Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.79
Top Scorer (18/19): Ashley Barnes (12)

The weekends Premier League action kicks of in North London as Unai Emery's Arsenal outfit play host to Sean Dyche and Burnley.

Arsenal have won the past six meetings between these sides and swept Burnley aside with 3-1 wins both at home and away last season.

Arsenal kicked off their campaign with a narrow 1-0 win away at Newcastle. They played a relatively inexperienced side on Tyneside, and in truth were far from impressive and may well have come unstuck against a better outfit than Steve Bruce's men. We would expect at least one of the big summer signings to come in from the start here, with Nicolas Pépé the man most likely to get the nod.

Burnley's 3-0 drubbing of Southampton at the weekend must go own as a hugely encouraging start and give fans optimism they may be free of the threat of the drop a little earlier than they were last season. This looks a significantly tougher assignment, but they will at least head to the Emirates on a high.

Arsenal lost only two of 19 at home in the Premier League last season, scoring two or more in an impressive 14 of those fixtures. If anything, they look to boast even more of a goal threat this season and, whilst Burnley won't make life easy - particularly from set-pieces - we see a home win in this one.

Prediction: Arsenal 4 - 1 Burnley


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  14 - 12
Shots on target: 9 - 4
Corner Kicks: 10 - 7
Possession:  55% - 45%

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Mike Dean also taking the name of Ashley Barnes of Burnley.

A couple of changes for Arsenal from the opening day win at Newcastle, with Alexandre Lacazette and Dani Ceballos coming into the starting line-up.

Lacazette had already had a decent headed opportunity which he possibly should have done better with, but it was he who handed the Gunners the lead in the 13th minute. A corner coming in from the right and the Frenchman latching onto it in the right corner of the six-yard box. Good strength to turn towards the goal-line and fire an effort in through the legs of keeper Nick Pope just as he was falling to the turf.

Both sides were creating chances as the first half wore on, but it was Burnley who grabbed the next goal in the 43rd minute. Dwight McNeil firing in an effort from around twenty yards out on the left, his strike deflecting into the path of Ashley Barnes on the edge of the six-yard box. Good composure under pressure form Barnes to finish low into the left-hand side. 1-1 at the break.

Arsenal were much more on top in the second half, Aubameyang having a decent chance in the right of the area in addition to a number of efforts from range. The winner then duly arrived in the 64th minute. Ceballos winning the ball in the centre of the park and Aubameyang latching onto it on the left. The big Gabon man advancing towards the edge of the area and firing an eighteen-yard effort into the bottom left corner.

Burnley did push forward, but despite a number of crosses into the area, they weren't able to create that one golden opportunity they needed. 2-1 final score.

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