Can Arsenal maintain their newly-found excellent form? The north London giants are known for choking and taking their feet off the pedal when it matters most. Particularly, how they fail to pick all available points against the smaller teams has always been their undoing in recent league campaigns.
They travel to Turf Moor on Sunday to face last season’s Championship champions, and having won all of their last 4 league games, getting the better of Sean Dyche’s men shouldn’t be herculean a task.
The quality and rich depth in squad the team now boasts of has made Wenger’s rotation policies work out well thus far, and putting that at the back of the mind, here is how the Gunners might lineup against Burnley on Sunday.
GK – Petr Cech
From observation, the goalkeeping duties look to have been shared between Ospina and Cech. The Colombian is assigned for Champions League matches, while Cech mounts the goal for Premier League fixtures. There won’t be any surprises on Sunday.
LB – Monreal
The Spaniard is edging closer to a national team call-up with every performance, and he should once again show his worth against Burnley.
CB – Mustafi
Arsenal’s defensive issues are getting rectified with the influence of the German central half, and he should continue his partnership with Koscielny on matchday 7.
CB – Koscielny
The stand-in skipper is already forming a solid partnership with Mustafi at the back, and that looks to be in the long term.
RB – Bellerin
On Sunday’s lineup, Hector should complete a back four that has remained unchanged in the past 3 league games, and that consistency is producing great results with the team allowing just 3 goals in.
DM – Xhaka
Coquelin is yet to fully recover from his knee ligament injury, and that should see Granit continue his acclimatization to EPL football. The Swiss international has put up excellent defensive displays so far, and he has also shown how lethal an attacking threat he can be from a distance.
CM – Cazorla
The creative midfield maestro has settled well into his role this term following bouts of injuries last season, and we should see him at his usual best again against the EPL minnows.
LM – Iwobi
Arsene Wenger’s most recent star discovery has been a thorn in the flesh of every club’s defence he has come up against this season, and this Arsenal revelation won’t stop anytime soon. Sean Dyche has a lot to worry about.
CAM – Ozil
Although he keeps on stalling as far as putting pen to paper for a contract renewal goes, his displays on the pitch continue to show what extent he would go to win matches for the club. His brilliance has hit another level this season, and he should make light of Burnley’s defence.
His brace gave Arsenal all 3 points against Basel on Wednesday, and given how his rejuvenation has panned out thus far, leaving him on the bench looks almost unfathomable.
CF – Sanchez
The Chilean continues to prove why he deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence alongside Messi and Ronaldo. He has settled well into the number 9 role, and still helps build up attack by dropping deep. At least, a goal or an assist on his part looks very certain on Sunday. Giroud might have a had time reclaiming his spot after he returns from injury.