Arsenal will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they entertain Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off. The Gunners had recently witnessed their 22-match unbeaten run cease at Southampton and they have since suffered further disappointment after being ousted by arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup quarter-final. Still, they should have plenty of motivation for the weekend as they are still in the top-four race with just three points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea.
Bernd Leno has cemented his berth as the first-choice goalkeeper for the Premier League duties since early October and he should continue between the sticks this weekend. The German was largely put at blame for the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat at Southampton after he misjudged the flight of the cross leading up to Charlie Austin’s winner.
In the defence, Hector Bellerin is sidelined for the next couple of weeks with the leg injury picked up at St Mary’s last weekend and this should witness Ainsley Maitland-Niles take up the right-back position after doing so against Spurs in midweek.
Similarly, Nacho Monreal should slot into the opposite end while Emery may stick with makeshift pairing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Granit Xhaka at the heart of the backline with Shkodran Mustafi still injured while Laurent Koscielny remains short of match fitness.
In the midfield, Lucas Torreira is pretty much a certainty after his multiple standout performances during the course of the season and he should most probably partner Mateo Guendouzi, considering the other available choice in Mohamed Elneny has yet to earn any league action this term.
Further forward, we are anticipating Mesut Ozil to return to the fray after being dropped entirely for the midweek north London derby and the German could slot into his preferred role behind the main striker.
Meanwhile, Alex Iwobi could be dropped to the bench after his ineffectiveness especially inside the opposition goal box and this may witness Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette earn rare Premier League starts, considering Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already been ruled out.
In this case, Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may slot into the right and left side of the attack with Alexandre Lacazette leading the line from the off. The France international has not started a league game for the Gunners since November 11 versus Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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