Preview: Burnley v Arsenal

Burnley will try to prove their opening-day 2-0 victory over Liverpool is a sign they can give Arsenal problems in Sunday’s English Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

Premier League
2 October 2016
Game week seven
Kickoff: 17:30

Venue: Turf Moor

Referee: C. Pawson
Assistants: A. Holmes, S. Ledger
Fourth official: L. Mason

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS

Burnley 84 28 18 38
Arsenal 84 38 18 28

Previous encounter:

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley (30/01/16) FA Cup

Arsenal goalscorers: C. Chambers (19′), A. Sanchez (53′)
Burnley scorer: S. Vokes (30′)

Players to watch:

With four league goals to his name already, Alexis Sanchez has hit the ground running in 2016/17 for Arsenal. The forward has been prolific during his time in London and he is already well on his way to potentially bettering the 13 league goals he managed in 2015/16 for the north Londoners.

The Chile star is also off the mark in the UEFA Champions League and appears to be Arsenal’s most potent scoring threat at the moment alongside Theo Walcott. He will no doubt use his pace and guile against Burnley on Sunday.

Sam Vokes has had a quiet start to the new season since getting his first strike against Liverpool in a surprise 2-0 win on the opening day. Plenty was expected of the strong striker after his heroics for Wales in Euro 2016, however, he is yet to really get going for Sean Dyche’s side.

Nonetheless, the forward is a big physical presence who can bully defenders and with the right service, he could provide a threat against the Gunners especially on home soil. Vokes could be one to watch in Sunday’s clash at Turf Moor.

Team form and manager quotes:

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is under no illusions his side are in for a tough time against Arsenal at home, and even reserved some special praise for Gunners counterpart Arsene Wenger ahead of the game.

The 45-year-old expressed his belief that Wenger received too much criticism despite the quality of football his team plays in London.

He told reporters: “As managers we all understand the fan mentality, the thirst and desire to win and be successful, but from a manager’s point of view you have to scratch your head and wonder why he’s questioned at times.”

Meanwhile, Wenger was quick to talk about how the global nature of football had changed how the game should be coached in the modern era.

The Frenchman told the media: “A lot has changed. The art of management has changed, the club has grown bigger, it is now a global club. Twenty years ago it wasn’t as big, or as expensive.

“Football has become popular, it’s become a world sport. Everything has changed and the pressure has intensified too.”

Team news:

Andre Gray will serve the second game of a four-match ban for the hosts, having been punished by the FA for comments he made on Twitter in 2012.

Dyche, meanwhile, could retain faith in the team that beat Watford 2-0 in their last league outing.

For Arsenal, Francis Coquelin’s fitness will be assessed as he has recovered quicker than expected from a knee concern.

However, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson are all out injured for the visitors.

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