After the disappointment of Thursday night and failing to reach the Europa League final, Arsenal are back in action today against Burnley.
Levelled as table rivals at present, Burnley will be looking to ruin Arsene Wenger’s leaving party by grabbing all three points. However, the Gunners’ home form this season has been pretty imperious and will expect to win this match, fairly comfortably. Whatever the club has planned for Arsene post game, the players need to stand up and be counted once more and click into gear to get past Sean Dyce’s Burnley. This will not be an easy task by any means as the Clarets are hungry for their highest ever Premier League finish, and in chasing this target, should qualify for Europe for the first time as well.
Free flowing, attacking football should be enough for Arsenal. The players may be down after Thursday in Madrid but they should need no motivation to get up for it. The last game at the Emirates this season, and the last ever for their iconic manager – a big performance is required to get the job done.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should return to the XI for this one, whilst Chambers is the most likely candidate to come in for the injured Laurent Koscielny. Chambers has played well of late in the opportunities he’s had so he’ll be looking to kick on and make another good impression. Rumours yesterday were that Mesut Ozil took no part in training at London Colney so there is every possibility that he could miss out today. If Ospina continues to play, then Jack Wilshere should skipper the team from a central midfield trio alongside Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka. More than likely too early in his comeback but between now and the end of the season, midfield magician Santi Cazorla may return to a match day squad or two, after returning to full training yesterday. He will be way off the pace but a ten or fifteen minute cameo will only do him (and Arsenal) good.
Burnley may opt for their bullish 4-4-2 with the two big men upfront. That being said, against Arsenal in their own back yard, a two man central midfield is a big gamble that Dyce may go against. Jeff Hendrick may instead operate in the number ten role, as he often does, to create a three man midfield behind front man Chris Wood. With few injuries, Sean Dyce has plenty of options to choose from.
Prediction: 3-1 win, with Ramsey, Lacazette and Aubameyang grabbing a goal each.