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Arsenal v Burnley

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Arsenal travel to Turf Moor this afternoon for their Premier League match against Burnley. As the Gunners look to end a run of three straight league draws, the Clarets will aim to make it three league wins on the bounce.

Good day all. Despite Arsenal still not having lost a league game since the turn of year, the improved performances and positive change in attitude, there’s still this sense that the Mikel Arteta era hasn’t really taken off yet.

I suppose this comes from us being closer to the bottom-three than top-four. It sure doesn’t help that we got our feet stuck in the mid-table mud. Still, this season is no write-off.

Going into this weekends fixtures, we were four points off both Man United and Spurs in 5th and 6th-place respectively. With them having a few tricky games coming up in the next game weeks, this is a good chance for us to reel them in, but we have to start turning draws, which are our main source of dropped points, into wins in order to move up the table.

It goes without saying Mikel started his tenure at a very awkward stage, smack in the middle of a very congested festive run, but things will now start to ease off a bit. With today’s trip followed by three straight home matches against Newcastle, Everton and West Ham, the Spaniard will be well aware that a result at Turf Moor could be key to generate momentum heading into last few months of this campaign.

Look, this team is in a really good place and that performance at Chelsea… followed by the young ones blowing Bournemouth away with a laudable first half display at the Vitality… we have grown in stature of late. And with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now back in the side things can only get better. Who knows, if we string together a few wins in this next few weeks even 4th-placed Chelsea might start to look over their shoulder.

Burnley won’t roll over though. They had a dismal time since Boxing Day with four straight defeats, and heading into back-to-back matches against Leicester, Man United and Arsenal, there were real concerns they could get sucked into the relegation scrap. But boy didn’t they make some look silly; first they came from behind to beat the Foxes at home, before a 2-0 victory over the Red Devils at Old Trafford. With those games now chalked off, Sean Dyche will feel cocksure that his team can make it three league wins in a row.

I doubt it will even matter that they come into this game on the back of a disappointing FA Cup defeat against Norwich. Because for Dyche the silver lining will be that he can put all his focus on trying to get his side finishing this campaign as high as possible.

Despite some nearly moments the Clarets don’t have the best record against the Gunners though. Our 2-1 win in the reverse fixture back in August was the 11th eleventh straight one over them – a run stretching back to start of the last decade. They sure will be hopeful of beating Arsenal for the first time since 2008.

Team news

Arsenal made defensive additions of Pablo Mari and Cédric Soares this past week and there’s no doubt they should only help our cause, however, we should see them after the winter break.

We are also able to call upon the services of Auba and David Luiz, following their suspensions, with Shkodran Mustafi (ankle) and Sead Kolasinac (thigh) being assessed ahead of the game.

Prediction

Burnley got their season back on track with some promising recent results, but Arsenal are showing a different side to them under Arteta. Also Auba will be eager to get back in the goals, ergo we are favourites to grind out a result to get back in the race for a top-six spot.

As always, we need to remain switched on and got to make the most of our chances. Good luck all. COYG!

@LaboGoon

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  1. Thanks Labo.
    Another tricky away fixture, but some big guns coming back, Arteta has some selection dilemmas.
    Arteta is certainly improving things, can be clearly seen, God only knows what Emery was doing with them.
    I am predicting a tough game against 12 men, a PGMOL assisted draw for Burnley and their …..different age manager, who firmly subscribes to the Arsenal don’t like it up em school. We have struggled lately against such teams away, and for that matter at home this season, they will kick, get away with it, any retaliation verbal or physical from ours and any falling over from potential leg breakers will result in cards, I suspect tactical early cards hindering defenders or DMs. Not so hard to predict this stuff unfortunately, a well worn pattern.
    But I believe Arteta will have a plan against such Stoke like teams and the accompanying refereeing, whether it is ready today is another matter, hope so.
    I strongly suspect another slightly unlucky draw today, but will be delighted if we manage better , goes without saying.
    BUT, I suspect the time spent during the winter break in the Mid East will bond the team and Artetas plans will start to increasingly come to fruition on their return, the season will start to improve dramatically. The project will soon start to take off in a big way once Mikel gets under their skin, we will start getting that all important second goal, and maybe more, and render corrupt /biased / career minded Riley refs redundant

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  2. I think we might see Kolasinac start instead of Saka, as he is more able for the industrial style of play allowed by the PGMOL in these kind of Arsenal fixtures.
    For me the big question is will Ozil start, if he does it will show all his haters that our German playmaker has the full backing of Arteta and they might as well be pissing in the wind as spouting their managerial advice and hate filled views on Ozil across the net.

    I do wonder if this is the sort of game that Guendouzi should not start in, he has become a hate figure among our opponents fans, and the last thing we need to encourage at Burnley is more of their moronic booing of our players for no good reason.

    so its come on you gooners and a game full of Burnley fans demanding the Ref give them freekicks and penalties everytime Arsenal win the ball.

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  3. Guendouzi starts ahead of Torreira, that’s a bit of a shock.

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  4. Mesut Ozil plays his 250th game today for Arsenal

    Leno
    Bellerin, Mustafi, David Luiz, Saka
    Xhaka, Guendouzi,
    Aubameyang, Ozil, Martinelli
    Lacazette

    subs: Martinez, Sokratis, Torreira, Willock, Ceballos, Pepe, Nketiah

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  5. well I suppose Torreira is left out cos Arteta does not expect Burnely to try to play through the middle, it will be more a long ball bomb and wing play, so will be looking for Guendouzi to carry the ball forward and break the press.
    As Arteta said yesterday, we have to impose our game on them and not allow them to dictate the type of football played

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  6. Excellent LG, Another afternnon to look forward to at a difficult venue but a great one for away supporters.
    I should imagine Luiz and Auba come back in plus Torreira/Xhaka in the middle. Left back is a decision based on Sead,s fitness apart anything else. Mesut will start as will Martinelli but who starts on the right in front of Hector maybe Ainsley unless Auba goes to the left Laca in the middle and Martinelli on the right. Whatever the line up and ive just realised its out now COYG.

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  7. its amazing to see Ozil selected seeing as the ITK John Cross said that he wanted to leave on Transfer Deadline Day and that Arteta was willing to sell him, but was blocked from doing so by the execs cos we did not have time to buy a replacement.

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  8. Yes, quite amusing that Ozil to Qatar story.
    From what we have seen of Raul, he wouldn’t have thought twice offloading Ozil if possible, so he claim a big wage saving to Stan , then get a replacement in the summer thru one of his agent friends.
    Sometimes wonder if John Cross these days knows anymore that we do about the runnings of the club, or even that much . He seems to spend most of his time bigging up Liverpool, and until recently, Spurs

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  9. Mustaphi, bloody hell, that was almost a Kanesque recovery, and hopefully without the long term consequences of the Spurs mans quick returns in the past

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  10. Arteta on Guendouzi starting over Torreira: “Everything is part of what we want to do in relation to the opponent & obviously this is a particular ground. [Torreira rested?] I don’t think we can rest at the moment, we need results, we need the best possible line-up for the day.”

    Arteta on Mustafi starting: “We had issues in that position for various reasons. We had to pick the best possible team for the day, to adapt to this ground as well & this is what I’ve done.”

    Arteta on Martinelli keeping his place: “He deserves to play, it’s as simple as that. His work-ethic, his performances, the goals he’s scored, what he’s giving to the team at the moment, he needs to be there.”

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  11. I fear for young Martinelli today. Dodgy Dyche will send his knuckle draggers out to ‘let him know they are there’ in no uncertain terms. I expect a red challenge early only given yellow, probably while the neanderthals chant same old Arsenal always cheating

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  12. Thanks Labo.
    Arteta is going for it.
    Sky sports basically acting like Burnley Fan TV in the build-up.

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  13. Mustafi starting ahead the Sok with that injury scare and all… tells us that Mikel really rates what he brings to the squad. This is the sort of confidence Mustafi really needs to keep things switch on.

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  14. Lacazette with a poor header wide after a fine Arsenal build up

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  15. how the fuck was the burnley player not booked or that foul on Saka

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  16. as expected from these idiot burnley fans, Saka now getting booed when on the ball

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  17. Arsenal very much on top so far, really need to get the goal our play deserves

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  18. woeful effort from Aubameyang 8 yards out after a great ball over the top from David Luiz

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  19. another poor effort from Aubameyang when one on one with the keeper

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  20. HT: Boonley 0-0 Arsenal

    dominated most of the half, had 3 fantastic chances to score and failed to take any of them.
    Need a cutting edge in the second half

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  21. As the half progressed we became neither one thing nor the other. No longer controlling the ball, but not looking set up to defend and score on the counter. It all got a bit ragged. Only watching on TV so can’t tell whether (or how) Burnley are making it difficult for us physically. When your form is off it is really off, so no surprise to see Lacazette miss the header (almost carbon copy position as his first ever Arsenal goal) and I guess Aubameyang is three matches rusty.

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  22. Think we need to change something or it’ll prob only go one way, especially if they can keep getting crosses in as much as in last 10 mins or so.

    Thought we were playing good football initially, but from maybe 20 on that died away, though we were able to create at leats one good opening after.

    Such crap that linesman flagged immediately when Martinelli blocked clearance into Laca path. Looked like one replay would show was very close, and sure enough it was. Impossible to know what way it would have gone with the technology but the logic of VAR says you have to keep flag down and find out, if it comes to that. But, nope, Riley knows better.

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  23. we brought on Torreira for the injured Saka at half time.

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  24. Granit booked by the cheat Ref what the actual fuck

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  25. Riley knows better, more like special instructions

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  26. torreira the 3rd Arsenal player to be booked today, no Burnley player booked, PGMOL at its finest

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  27. Burnley much more in it this half

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  28. Willock on for Ozil and fires wide from outside the area

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  29. Aubameyang wide with a header from 8 yards out, after a good move

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  30. massive let off for Arsenal, as Burnley shot from six yards out hits the bar and bounces down on the line and it put out for a corner

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  31. I’d get Nketiah on for Lacazette

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  32. its taken 81 minutes for the Ref to realize that he can book a Burnley player

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  33. 88 minutes and its Nketiah on for Lacazette

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  34. 3 minutes of stoppage time to be played

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  35. FT: Booley 0-0 Arsenal

    our 13th draw of the EPL season. A game we really should have won but could easily have lost.
    Aubameyang and Lacazette both failed to convert 2 good chances each.

    We started the game in total command, but after failing to take 3 good chances we let them back into the game and it was a much more even second half.

    The draws are killing us.

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  36. I really think Arteta has to make a choice between Aubameyang and Lacazette, as we are blunt up front with both on them on. Lacazette is way off form, and Aubameyang is being put out wide to keep him in the team. Martinelli was not nearly as effective wide right as he has been wide left this season.

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  37. Have to say we looked a lot more purposeful when Willock came on. Could have won and maybe should have, but in the end were probably glad to come away with a point and a clean sheet. After a sprighly start we faded to nothingness before ending the game with a measure (only a wee one) of control and a sense of purpose. Well played to Xhaka, Mustafi, Guendouzi and Bellerin who all put a great shift in, and to Martinelli who never stopped trying even though he was probably messed about with far more than the TV cameras could show.

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  38. After a season that started for me with a dispiriting sense of ennui, progressed to a state of utter apathy, and was then rekindled with a real sense of hope, I have to admit to feeling strangely worried before the game and disappointed and tired as it played out. And if I am ready for a winter break (I wish) so too must be the players. A few days R and R, and then some quality time together on the training field could well work wonders.

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  39. Ed – Were Lacazette in top form, then you’d almost want to see them as a front two. If our midfield were in top form and controlling the game then I would say there was no need for Lacazette and Auba could play on his own there, benefitting from all those cute little triangles and balls slid through. As it is, we are between the devil and the deep blue. We need a target man to hold things up, but we haven’t got a good enough one: we need a number 10 to take control of that advanced midfield position, but the expensive one we have got seems out of sorts too!

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  40. All there is to be done is find an off-sales shop and see what it looks like after a couple of glasses.

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  41. And yes, I know I am talking to myself: first signs and all that, but jeepers this team make it hard at times!

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  42. we are so missing the easily replaced Ramsey, we have no midfielder who will get us goals, who will get beyond the strikers, and who can do all the other things a good midfielder does.

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  43. Ed, I don’t think it’s a choice between auba and laca. It’s just talking the correct decision to put laca on the bench and allow auba to be closer to the goal. If he has to play him, it should be a choice between him and pepe on the right. Martinelli has to be on the left or center.
    The only reason the fans are not to bother about laca is the fact he always clap them whenever he is subbed off.

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  44. I know we were not outstanding today, but I’m seeing so many gooners claim we were anything from very poor to diabolical, i thought we played great for first 30 minutes, and overall missed at least 4 very good chances, and as far as I can recall Burnley only had that one of the crossbar, maybe also a shot from edge of the area. is all the complaining down to some sort of football snobbery, “it was only Burnley”

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  45. Midfielders who will score us goals? First we need forwards who will score us goals.
    A really disappointing performance including Mikel I’m gutted.
    By the way still 100% behind Arteta but today was so errrghh

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  46. Arteta said after the game that we were great for 20 minutes then we let them back inot the game by giving them freekicks and that we started the second half poorly, that our passing was way too sloppy
    Saka took a knock to his knee and to his hip and his injuries are being assessed
    He said our preparation for today’s game was to not water our pitch for training yesterday
    Arteta was also full of praise for Mustafi’s performance

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  47. I see lots on twatter are blaming the psychology of “the team”. For me that’s a cop out.

    The defensive players, including Xhaka, all put in commendable performances today, doing exactly what was expected of them, as they have been for a few good weeks.

    If Mustafi can be blamed if a result goes against us, it’s only fair that our strikers take their share for not doing the business at the other end of the pitch.

    Not so long ago it was said Auba should get out while he can because the defense are undoing all his and Lacazette’s good work.

    Now Mustafi must get it while he can because the attackers are undoing all his good work of keeping us within one good strike from three points.

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  48. At least we are not losing I guess.
    A bright start, but faded, though good chances. Thought Saka getting injured really did not help our cause.
    But ultimately, two or three of the more attacking players really did not perform today.
    No lack of effort on the team, but do get the impression , as widely reported, we have fitness issues, some of them looked a little fatigued. Three tough away games recently maybe taken its toll, as May Arteta presumably working them harder to improve fitness.
    To me, they looked like a team that needs a little time in warmer climes getting to know their new manager, lucky that!
    I am expecting better results to start when they return as Arteta and his views take hold.
    On a wider note, our position and points total really does not look good. I really hope the owners, if they have the ambition they claim, take a proper forensic look at the events, and people that have led to this situation where the team are punching so far below their weight in terms of their talent, and their cost. Emery has gone, but they should really be looking at who bought emery and who kept him there for so long with the consequences we see now. Arteta can only do so much coming in over Xmas. And perhaps look at Sir Chipps proposal for a true Arsenal custodian on the board, so hurriedly and significantly rejected by Raul. But, Sir Chipps reportedly threatened to resign over these issues, yet he is still there, maybe there is hope of some wider change than just the manager.

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  49. ian but that is the point, you can not rely on only forwards scoring, and not having a midfielder who gets in the box, its far too easy for opposing defenders to mark our forwards. aubameyang with 9 of our 14 away goals this season, tells a very worrying tale, i think its one goal from Torreira, with no goals from xhaka, guendouzi, ceballos, and nor are our fullbacks scoring. We are blunt

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  50. Ramsey seems to be on the bench quite a lot at Juve these days, not sure if he is injured, or just not first choice.
    Perhaps they should loan him back to right one of the worst self inflicted wrongs in this clubs history, but on his wages, doubt if it will happen even if he became surplus at Juve

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