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Big Preview: Burnley v Arsenal

10 April 2015

Burnley v Arsenal
Turf Moor
11/4/15 (kick-off 5.30pm)

Burnley host the Gunners in 5.30pm kick-off, once again in front of the nation and world at Turf Moor on Saturday.
The Clarets, who currently sit in the relegation zone, will hope to cause a shock and build on two clean sheets in a row on home soil.

Burnley come up against an Arsenal side in scintillating form, with the Gunners looking for their eighth successive victory in the league, a run of form that has seen them rise to second in the Barclays Premier League.

Arsene Wenger’s side got the upper hand in the reverse fixture in November, with the Clarets losing 3-0, despite holding their own for the opening 70 minutes.

With both sides heading into the business end of the season, a win could lift the Clarets out of the relegation zone for the first time since early February. Arsenal on the other hand could reduce the gap at the top to just four points come the close of play, with Chelsea playing on Sunday.


The Chile international has more than impressed in his debut season in England since his £30 million summer move from Barcelona, with the forward already netting 20 goals this term.

The forward has complemented Arsenal’s pacey, flowing style of play perfectly alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla this season and could be key in the televised kick-off if Arsenal are to unlock the door of a strong Clarets defence.

The former Udinese playmaker scored a brace in the reverse fixture at the Emirates, finally breaking down the Clarets defence with just 20 minutes to play.

Arsenal (Sanchez (2), Chambers) 3-0 Burnley

Arsenal: Szczesny, Gibbs, Meresacker, Monreal, Chambers, Arteta (Ramsey 63), Oxlade-Chamberlian (Walcott 80), Cazorla, Flamini, Sanchez, Welbeck (Podolski 80).
Subs not used: Martinez, Bellerin, Rosicky, Sanogo

Burnley: Heaton, Shackell, Duff, Ward, Trippier, Marney (Chalobah 80), Jones, Boyd, Arfield, Sordell (Jutkiewicz 69), Ings.
Subs not used: Gilks, Wallace, Mee, Kightly, Keane

Attendance: 60,012

Burnley (Alexander) 1-1 Arsenal (Fabregas)

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Jordan, Carlisle, Bikey (Gudjonsson 70), Caldwell, Eagles (Nugent 83), Alexander, Elliott, McDonald, Fletcher (Blake 83).
Subs not used: Penny, Guerreros, Kalvenes, Thompson

Arsenal: Almunia, Vermaelan, Silvestre, Sagna, Gallas, Arshavin, Fabregas (Ramsey 43), Walcott (Eduardo 64), Song, Nasri, Diaby.
Subs not used: Vela, Wilshere, Eboue, Emmanuel-Thomas, Fabianski

Attendance: 21,309



Sean Dyche has confirmed that the experienced trio of Ross Wallace, Steven Reid and Matt Taylor will all come back into contention this weekend.

Long-term absentee Taylor has been out for the majority of the season with an Achilles problem, while Wallace (knock) and Reid (calf) both missed last Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that midfielders Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are all in contention for a return while Wojciech Szczesny has a chance to be fit for the Turf Moor clash.

Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian should all sit out of the fixture.

Since a 2-1 defeat in September 1970, the Clarets have lost just once against Arsenal in six games at Turf Moor, winning two and drawing three.

Sean Dyche:

“We’ve found clarity before in very big games and on big occasions. We’ve got seven big occasions coming but we can only take them one at a time and the next one is Arsenal.

“I’m confident in what we do, I don’t view all the others as it is not relevant to me. I’m, absolutely confident, wholeheartedly, that we can achieve our goals this season.”

Arsene Wenger:

"Burnley is a tough test for everybody. You shouldn’t look at the table because they started slowly but recently they have played very well against all the big teams in the league.

"They are quite efficient at home because they have made 18 of their 26 points at home and therefore we have to make sure we produce the expected performance on the commitment, on the focus and on the quality of our game."

Mike Dean will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at Turf Moor.

The fixture against Arsenal will be the 31st of the season for Wirral-born official and his most recent in the Barclays Premier League was the Tyne-Wear derby.

In the 30 matches previous to this, he has produced 138 yellow cards and 6 red cards.

The last time Dean refereed a Burnley fixture was back on February 8th, when the Clarets drew 2-2 at Turf Moor against West Bromwich Albion and four players were cautioned on that occasion.

Mr Dean will be assisted by Mr S Burt, Mr S Long and fourth official Mr S Attwell.

The Fanzone will be open from 2.30pm for fans to enjoy pre-match drinks and entertainment ahead of the 17.30 kick-off.

There will also be an away Fanzone located on the Harry Potts car park.

The Grand National will also be being shown in the concourse prior to kick-off.

Saturday 11th April 2015
Swansea v Everton (12:45pm)
Southampton v Hull
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Aston Villa
West Brom v Leicester
West Ham v Stoke
Burnley v Arsenal (5:30pm)

Sunday 12th April 2015
QPR v Chelsea (1:30pm)
Man Utd v Man City (4pm)

Monday 13th April 2015
Liverpool v Newcastle (8pm)

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