Arsenal vs Burnley: Premier League match preview, team news, confirmed line-ups with Mesut Ozil back
Arsenal will look to recover from back-to-back defeats when they host Burnley in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
The Gunners were unbeaten for 22 games, a run stretching back to August, before Southampton stunned them at St Mary’s on Sunday.
And things got dramatically worse when bitter rivals Tottenham dumped them out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
But they will fancy their chances against a struggling Burnley side who have just one win from their last ten games.
Sean Dyche’s men, however, almost got a result against Spurs in their last outing, with a late Christian Eriksen winner denying them a draw.
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What the managers are saying
Unai Emery (Arsenal): “The focus is to analyse this [Tottenham] match and for Saturday, it is a very important match. Tomorrow we are going to train with every player.
“I am thinking about the match on Saturday and not thinking about another situation. Every player is important, I decided he [Mesut Ozil] didn’t play [against Tottenham] and it was only a tactical decision.”
Sean Dyche (Burnley): “It will be interesting to see, new manager, new thinking, just their first loss in a long time on Sunday, so that may give them the first chance to just question things, but they’re still a top side.
“They were a top side under Arsene Wenger, with some great players, and they still are.
“The format has changed slightly, but the ethos is still there behind their tactical format, they look to pass first, play with energy, be aggressive with their passing, as in through the lines, and play forward, so they’re still a very good side.”
Arsenal’s defensive crisis shows no sign of letting up – with Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi all ruled out.
Sead Kolasinac is back in the starting XI, as is Mesut Ozil, while Sokratis returns following a suspension.
Burnley will be without Aaron Lennon until the New Year after the winger a knee operation.
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Elneny, Xhaka, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Ramsey, Torreira, Lichtsteiner, Iwobi, Nketiah, Saka
Burnley: Hart, Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Westwood, Cork, Hendrick, Barnes, Wood
Subs: Heaton, Lowton, Vokes, Gibson, Vydra, McNeil, Koiki
Source: SportsLatest TS