Arsenal meet Burnley at Turf Moor in a crucial premier league game for both teams. Arsenal are on some run, winning 7 on the spin and playing with swagger and poise. Burnley have struggled all season long but they recently dented City’s title hopes with a win and held midtable dwellers (who think they are top4 material but they are not) Tottenham to a drab draw. Burnley always give a fight and Arsenal can expect a full blooded match from the hosts and Arsenal have to be up for it. Let’s take a look at some interesting battles that may feature in the game.
Per Mertesacker vs Danny Ings
With doubts over Laurent Koscielny’s availability Per Mertesacker is guaranteed to start and he will be the man to come up against the talented Danny Ings. The Englishman has had a good season and his 9 goals have so far kept Burnley’s hopes of Premier League survival alive. Ings is their star man and how Mertesacker deals with the forward should be intriguing. Gabriel is the obvious replacement if Koscielny is unavailable and in the absence of his first choice partner, Mertesacker should lead the defence that will be short of experience especially if Bellerin starts. I won’t be surprised if Arsene opts for the returning Debuchy instead of young Bellerin. Bellerin has been fantastic so far but at this time of the season it’s wise to count on experience. With the Cup semifinal looming large, it’s necessary that Debuchy gets some proper playing time.
Arsenal vs Complacency
How many times have we seen this? Arsenal in a brilliant run, full of confidence, come up against a physical team that rile up Arsenal only for the Gunners to fall from the top. I sincerely hope that’s not the case today. Arsenal shouldn’t approach the game with an attitude that they can win without fighting for it. Complacency is Arsenal’s greatest enemy, a defeat today and all the good work of last month vanishes. Arsene Wenger also touched upon this in his pre match press conference warning his players that they should match Burnley in the physical front to get a win. Technical superiority alone will not guarantee you all the three points. The Clarets are fighting to stay up and have nothing to lose against us, even a point is a bonus for them. It’s imperative that we go into the game with the right mindset.
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It’s been a strange season, we are in second place and given the start we had it’s a remarkable achievement. But it’s also not possible to stop wondering what if we had all the players fit right from the start. While thats for another day, today is all about us getting the right result and hoping both the Manchester teams drop points (is it possible?) and QPR thrash Chelsea by 5 goals. Ah, almost forgot its for the first time since 1934 we have had a fully fit squad. Miraculous. COME ON YOU GUNNERS.