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PREVIEW: Arsenal v Burnley

Big-game guide as the Clarets head for the Emirates Stadium

16 August 2019

The Clarets hit the road for their opening away game of the campaign with another first in their sights.

Burnley are yet to take a point from the Emirates Stadium in five previous visits and haven’t beaten Arsenal in the top-flight since Peter Noble scored the only goal of the game at Highbury 45 years ago next month.

But Sean Dyche’s side has come close to holding the Gunners both home and away – only to be denied by disputed late goals on three different occasions.

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And having seen his side launch the season in perfect style with a 3-0 victory over Southampton last weekend, Dyche hopes the balance is about to be redressed against an Unai Emery side that has splashed the cash this summer and also made a winning start.

“They are a top side, but we’ve shown before we can take points off the top sides,” said the Burnley boss – who has master-minded point-winning performances against every Premier League club bard Arsenal during his Turf Moor reign.

“We’ve had decent performances against Arsenal and probably a couple of harsh decisions have gone against us.

“You need the rub of the green and might need a decision. It might be a bit more measured with VAR (Video Assistant Referee) and you certainly won’t have had the decisions we have had go against us, but when it comes down to it you have to perform.

“We have to look to build on last week, and it’s always about performances with me, if you keep putting performances in, they will pay you back.

“The players have come back clear-minded and with a more powerful edge to their fitness. It’s early yet, but it’s nice to at least see that work get you off to a good start.”

New signings

The Gunners broke their transfer record to sign winger Nicolas Pepe from French outfit Lille for a reported £72m during the summer transfer window.

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They strengthened their defensive options by bringing in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney for £25m and centre-back David Luiz (above) from London rivals Chelsea for £8m.

Teenager William Saliba was also recruited from Saine Etienne but loaned back to the French club for the season.

Moving in on loan was Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, with winger Alex Iwobi leading the departures with his reported £28m move to Everton.

Team news

Charlie Taylor returns to the Clarets’ squad after another week’s training to top-up his fitness following a spell out during pre-season.

But Burnley will again be without Robbie Brady, while Danny Drinkwater isn’t yet ready to make the first appearance of his loan spell.

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New Arsenal signing Tierney is not yet close to a debut, with a groin injury set to keep him sidelined until October.

Fellow full-back Hector Bellerin is also out, although centre-back Rob Holding is back in training following a knee injury.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka faces a fitness test after suffering bruising to his back and leg in last Sunday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle United.

Pepe and Ceballos could be pushing for debuts after coming off the bench at St James’ Park, while Luiz may also be involved.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil and defender Sead Kolasinac missed the trip to Tyneside for security reasons and both have returned to training, although Ozil looks an unlikely starter.

However, striker Alexandre Lacazette may earn a start after also figuring among the substitutes at Newcastle following a knock in pre-season.

Form guide

The Clarets travel away for the first time this season on the back of an impressive 3-0 win over Southampton at Turf Moor on the opening day.

Arsenal started their season with a 1-0 win at Newcastle United last Sunday thanks to a goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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The Gunners’ pre-season campaign took them to the United States and to Spain, where they signed off with a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Opposition camp

Arsenal manager Unai Emery: “It's going to be difficult this year, starting at home against Burnley.

“They're in a very good moment. They won 3-0 (last week) and had an amazing pre-season.

“They are a strong team with a clear structure. Last year against us they played 3-5-2 and changed, I think they will play 4-4-2.

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“They are very clear, very efficient with playing with that structure. Also, they have players who play very well. They are going to demand a lot of us defensively, with their long balls especially.

“They are a team with a good coach, experienced here in England, and in the Premier League. They are playing and working in a good way.

“Saturday, we need all the best for us, individually and collectively.”

Match stats

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is in line to make his 100th appearance for the Clarets.

Burnley could win their opening two top-flight matches in a season for the first time since 1973.

The Clarets are lookng to halt a run of defeats in nine successive league meetings - the longest losing streak in their top-flight history against a particular opponent.

Arsenal are looking to begin a league campaign with two straight wins for the first time since 2009-10.

The Gunners have lost their opening home league match of the season in five of the past eight seasons.

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Referee

Mike Dean

VAR

Chris Kavanagh

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REPORT: Arsenal 2 Burnley 1

Barnes strikes again but Gunners hit back to extend winning run

17 August 2019

There’s no stopping Ashley Barnes but another goal from the in-form striker wasn’t enough for the Clarets to finally get some reward at the Emirates Stadium.

Barnes’ first-half equaliser to cancel out Alexandre Lacazette’s early effort gave the Burnley frontman his third goal of the season.

He also scored home and away against the Gunners last season and his latest contribution took his tally of Premier League goals this calendar year to a dozen.

Only Sadio Mane and Sergio Aguero have scored more – Mane’s haul helping him share last season’s Premier League golden boot with Liverpool team-mate Mo Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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And like Barnes, Aubameyang has also started the new campaign on fire and after scoring the Gunners’ winner at Newcastle United last weekend, the Gabon international repeated the trick with the goal that nipped Burnley’s fightback in the bud and gave Arsenal a 10th successive win in the fixture.

Unsurprisingly, the Clarets were unchanged from their opening-day win over Southampton, with Charlie Taylor’s the return among the substitutes the only alteration to the match-day squad.

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Arsenal also collected three points first up thanks to Aubameyang's goal but opted to change their winning formula as new signings David Luiz and Dani Ceballos made their home debuts.

There was also a return to starting duty for Lacazette and it was the France international who made biggest impact with the opening goal 13 minutes in.

The Clarets needed to ride out an early spell of pressure but cracked from an Arsenal set-piece.

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Nick Pope opted for the safety-first approach when palming over a header from Lacazette and when Ceballos delivered the resulting corner, the Arsenal's number-nine showed the necessary strength to hold off Erik Pieters on the turn and drill a shot through the legs of Pope at the near post.

The Clarets had been slow to make their presence felt following the early kick-off but responded well to going behind.

Immediately Burnley had a chance to equalise but from Pope’s long clearance Barnes dragged his shot just wide.

And Sean Dyche’s men then continued to unsettle the Gunners as they pressed high up the pitch and threatened from a number of set-pieces of their own.

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The danger came from Arsenal on the break and Pope had to save with his feet to keep out a low strike from Matteo Guendouzi.

But two minutes before the break the Clarets deservedly equalised through that man Barnes, who has now scored 13 times against the top-flight's 'big six'.

This time it was Burnley who struck on the counter-attack as Chris Wood got free to lay the ball back to Dwight McNeil.

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The teenage winger had been a growing influence and although his shot was half blocked, the ball fell to the predatory Barnes to keep his composure and hold off Luiz to roll a shot into the bottom corner and send the sides in level after a VAR decision upheld that of the assistant referee to disallow a Reiss Nelson strike for off-side against Nacho Monreal with the last kick of the half.

Arsenal’s reaction was to send on £72m record buy Nicolas Pepe at the re-start and, as in the first period, the Clarets had to weather some early probing.

When Pope stayed big to make a fine block from Aubameyang and then pulled off another smart save at full length to turn away a Ceballos effort it looked as though they might come through it.

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But Aubameyang has been a constant thorn in the Clarets’ side and with just over an hour gone he scored his seventh goal in four appearances against Burnley by cleverly steering a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out after Ceballos had robbed Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the Icelander’s 100th appearance for the visitors.

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Gudmundsson looked to counter-punch with a cross at the other end which McNeil headed over the top from an inviting position to mirror an earlier effort from Ashley Westwood when the scores were still level.

But the Clarets were unable to get another clear sight of goal as they scrapped for a first point at this ground.

Pope kept them in the hunt with another smart block from substitute Lucas Torreira and the Clarets’ keeper almost played a part in a dramatic late equaliser when he came up for a corner.

Pope connected with a header, but James Tarkowski couldn’t feed sufficiently off the scraps to propel his own effort goalwards as a relieved home side scrambled the ball clear to hang on and maintain their monopoly.

Arsenal: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal; Guendouzi, Willock; Ceballos (Torreira 83); Aubameyang, Lacazette (Kolasinac 72), Nelson (Pepe HT). Substitutes: Martinez, Mkhitaryan, Chambers, Martinelli.

Booked: Aubameyang, Luiz.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson (Lennon 72), Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood (Rodriguez 61). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley.

Booked: Barnes

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 60,214

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