Premier League

Burnley-Arsenal Preview

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants his side to use their EFL Cup semi-final defeat against Liverpool as a platform to build on when they face Burnley in the Premier League.

The Gunners were eliminated from the competition on Thursday as Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to Diogo Jota's double in the second leg.

Arsenal put up a strong fight against Liverpool but ultimately fell short, with focus now quickly switching to Sunday's home league meeting with bottom side Burnley.

Arteta believes his young side can utilise their outing against the Reds when they take on the Clarets, whom they have lost just one of their last 18 league games against.

"I will show them what they have done against Liverpool and demand more of ourselves as well," he said. "We did a lot of good things but it is not enough to win the tie across two games against them, and this is the level of excellence we have to look for. But Burnley are a competitive team and Sean (Dyche) always puts them out there for a difficult game.

"For us, it is a massive game after the defeat and disappointment – we have to get back on track and get winning."

Burnley, winless in their last 11 Premier League away games, have not played in the top flight since January 2 due to various coronavirus-enforced postponements.

The Clarets may be bottom, but they have a number of games in hand on most of their relegation rivals, making for a congested run of fixtures over the coming weeks.

"We have to try and catch the games up," Dyche said. "The games have got to be played and we hope the scheduling allows us to have an extra day in between the games.

"It is always a tough game going to Arsenal. They have some very, very good players and are in a better place than they were earlier in the season."

Arsenal - Bukayo Saka

England international Saka has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last five Premier League games, scoring four and assisting two more.

At 20 years and 140 days old, if he registers a goal involvement in this match, he will be the youngest player to do so in six straight games in the competition's history.

Burnley - Jay Rodriguez

With Chris Wood now at Newcastle United and Maxwel Cornet on Africa Cup of Nations duty, Burnley are without players responsible for nine of their 16 league goals in 2021-22. That puts extra pressure on the likes of Matej Vydra and Rodriguez, with the latter yet to score in 13 top-flight matches this season – a run he could do with ending here.

- Arsenal have lost just one of their last 18 league games against Burnley (W12 D5), though it did come in this exact fixture last season (1-0 thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal).

- Burnley are therefore looking to win consecutive away league games against Arsenal for just the third time, previously doing so in December 1950 and December 1960.

- The Clarets have not scored more than once in any of their last 17 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, since a 2-0 EFL Cup victory in December 2008. Only three teams have had longer runs without scoring more than one goal against the Gunners – Manchester City (25 between 1991 and 2008), Sheffield United (21, ongoing since 1992), and Wolves (20 between 1980 and 2018).

- This is Arsenal's first league game since their 2-1 home loss to Manchester City on New Year's Day. The Gunners have not lost their first two league games to a calendar year since 2012, while they have not lost their first two home league games in a year since 1962.

- Burnley are winless in their last 11 Premier League away games, drawing four and losing seven. They have lost their last three on the road in the competition, last losing more consecutively between November 2016 and February 2017 (seven).

Updated January 21, 2022

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