Arsenal vs Burnley | Confirmed Team News | How To Watch | Predicted Score
Here is our match preview ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley including confirmed line-ups, how to watch and predicted score.
It’s sure to be an emotional occasion as Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final home game as manager of Arsenal when Burnley head to the Emirates this afternoon.
Wenger confirmed last month that he will walk away at the end of the season, bringing to an end almost 22-years in charge of The Arsenal that’s seen him win 17 trophies including two doubles and the Invincible season.
The Frenchman won’t get his fairy-tale ending as we crashed out of the Europa League following our disappointing 1-0 semi-final second leg defeat at Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.
We still have to secure sixth place in the Premier League table and that can be achieved if we avoid defeat today as seven-placed Burnley are three points behind with only one game left after today [Arsenal have two] and we have a far superior goal difference.
It’s been a superb campaign for Sean Dyche’s men that’s destined to see them in the Europa League qualifying rounds [at least] next season so we shouldn’t be taking anything for granted today if we want to send Wenger off with a win.
Laurent Koscielny is facing several months on the sidelines after suffering a serious Achilles injury during the early stages of our defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.
Mohamed Elneny is also on the sidelines with an ankle injury and while Santi Cazorla returned to full training this week, he’s still some way off full fitness having missed the last 18 months with an Achilles injury.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns having been cup-tied in Europe in midweek.
Chris Wood is expected to be fit for Burnley despite picking up a foot injury last week but Ben Mee is nursing a shin problem.
Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: It’s going to be interesting to see how the players respond following Thursday’s disappointment but you’d like to think they’ll do all they can to send Wenger off with a win on his final home game. Burnley are a well organised side but we’ve beaten them in each of our last six games at the Emirates and I think we’ll edge it today. I’m going for a 2-1 win.
Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Wilshere, Xhaka, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs: Mertesacker, Ramsey, Ospina, Monreal, Mustafi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles
Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Ward, Westwood, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Cork, Lennon, Barnes.
Subs: Heaton, Taylor, Marney, Vokes, Nkoudou, Wells, Bardsley
How to watch
The game kicks off at 4.30pm this afternoon but unfortunately it’s not being shown on live TV as the broadcasters made their selections before Wenger announced he’s leaving. Fans can watch the match using a dodgy stream online but we can’t condone that sort of thing!
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