Mikel Arteta

Premier League: 3 Things to Look Forward to as Arsenal Travel to Burnley

Burnley and Arsenal meet at Turf Moor on Sunday with the two teams locked on the same points in the Premier League standings. However, as a result of Burnley's inferior goal difference, as many as three places separate the clubs, with Arsenal sitting in 10th spot and the Clarets down in 13th position.

Arsenal haven't lost a game since the turn of the year but have picked up consecutive draws, and Mikel Arteta will be hoping his team can return back to winning ways and continue improving their away form. Burnley have lost five of their last eight at Turf Moor, but they’ll take great confidence from their recent wins over Leicester and Manchester United.

The reverse fixture, played at the Emirates back in August, saw Arsenal win 2-1, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on target for the Gunners, while Ashley Barnes scored for Burnley.

Here are the three things to look forward to as Burnley host Arsenal at Turf Moor in the Premier League.

3. Aubameyang back for the Gunners

After serving a three-match domestic ban following his sending off at Crystal Palace, Arsenal's “most important player” is ready to pick up from where he left off. Given how Arsenal have struggled this season one wonders where they would be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he’s their top scorer and captain.

Burnley also happens to be Aubameyang’s favourite Premier League opponent having scored seven goals in four previous meetings. He will strongly fancy his chances of adding to that tally on Sunday. 

The Gabon international could start down the middle, with Gabriel Martinelli featuring on the left and Alexandre Lacazette being relegated to the bench after multiple unimpressive performances.

2. Can Sean Dyche's men cause an upset?

Back-to-back wins in the Premier League have seen Burnley move up to 13th position, level on points with their visitors. Earlier in January, there were concerns that the Clarets could be sucked into the bottom three after a run of 10 defeats in 14 matches, but much of that negativity has now disappeared.

With a seven-point cushion above the drop zone, Dyche will now feel that the pressure has been lifted, although there will now be a desire to break into the top 10. Even though they would be disappointed to be booted out of the FA Cup last weekend, their recent form should fill the side with enough confidence to be able to put up a tough fight against the Gunners.

1. Gunners looking for a much-needed win

There have been obvious improvements to Arsenal’s game since Mikel Arteta took over in December, with just one defeat in their last nine matches across competitions. But Arsenal need a win, if not to boost their top four chances which look bleak with every passing gameweek, but to instill some confidence in the players and the fans.

The Gunners have an incredibly good record against Burnley, having won 11 consecutive matches against them. While Burnley have gotten back on track in recent matches, Arsenal should continue to show a different side to their game at Turf Moor, grinding out three much-needed points to get them back in the hunt for the top six.