Burnley stunned Southampton into submission on the opening day to head to the Emirates full of confidence. However, boasting a miserable record against the Gunners, Unai Emery and co will be confident of making it two wins from two come Saturday night.
After enduring their worst start to a league campaign for over 90 years last season, Burnley were eager to come out of the blocks quickly this time around and they certainly did that. There would not have been many popular sportsbooks who would have predicted the Clarets to thump Southampton 3-0 but that is exactly what they did. Sean Dyche’s men looked clinical on their way to three-points with Ashley Barnes netting twice. That makes Burnley likely to score again – something they have done in three of their last four trips to the Emirates – whilst an Arsenal home goal is more regular than the sun rising every day.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Arsenal’s main point of attack, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, netted 22 goals last season in the Premier League to share the golden boot in which four of those came against Burnley. Already the former Borussia Dortmund star striker has got off the mark this season with the winner against Newcastle United at the weekend and once again looks in dominate form ready to make it four games in a row against the Clarets he has netted twice.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBBAMEYANG TO SCORE 2 OR MORE
We are backing goals galore between these two and as the pair have netted a combined four goals already this season. However, there is more to it than just the pairs opening days fixtures to go on. The last three meetings between the two has yielded over 3.5 goals per game and on the evidence of what we have seen so far, there is little to suggest that will not happen again, especially as both sides attacking options have improved.
OVER 3.5 GOALS
Head to Head
Look away Burnley fans as the last decade has not been kind to you when taking on the Gunners. Arsenal are big favourites with the best betting sites and when you take into consideration Arsenal has won nine of the sides Premier League meetings (the other being a draw) it is not hard to see why the bookies back the home side. Last season, Arsenal recorded 3-1 victories both home and away with Burnley winless against Arsenal since a 2-0 League Cup win back in December 2008.
Arsenal to win and both teams to score
You do not need a crystal ball to predict Arsenal should win this one, a quick glance at the recent head to head will tell you all you need to know about the Gunners dominance over the Clarets in the last decade or so.
However, following Burnley’s stuffing of the Saints, even the most ardent Arsenal fan will be a little wary of the threat the Clarets may pose especially if they got through the Gunners back line.
Having scored in three of their last four trips to the Emirates in all competitions, do expect Burnley to be something of a thorn in the Gunners side, but with Aubameyang (who has netted six in three games against the Clarets) in the side and the likes of new signing Pepe only adding to the attack, Arsenal have more than enough fire power to make it eleven straight wins in all competitions against their rivals.
Darren Williamson is an experienced soccer writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European soccer, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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