- Arsenal vs Burnley

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Saturday 1 November 2014 | Emirates Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Arsenal
Arsenal
0 - 0
Burnley
Burnley

Match preview

Theo Walcott is expected to make his first-team return after 10 months out of action when Arsenal host Barclays Premier League basement club Burnley.

The 25-year-old has been absent since rupturing anterior cruciate ligaments in their 2-0 FA Cup win over London rivals Tottenham back in January. Having resumed full training at the start of October, he has since played 45 minutes for Arsenal's Barclays Under-21 Premier League side and was an unused substitute for last weekend's 2-0 BPL win at Sunderland.

Walcott's anticipated return on Saturday is set to supplement a forward line that has had even more pace injected into it this term in the form of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez.

Chile star Sanchez has had a hand in each of Arsenal's last four goals, scoring both at the Stadium of Light having hit the opener and assisted Welbeck's late equaliser in the previous weekend's 2-2 draw at home to Hull City, which leaves the Gunners in fifth place, nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

Wenger is excited at having so many quick players at his disposal, though he conceded that the Hull result has left him desperate to atone against Burnley, which means Walcott is likely to be restricted to a role from off the bench.

He explained after the Wearside win: "Could the attacking pace frighten defences? Let's see. My imagination works like yours, but I have to prove that they can work together on the pitch and that's what I'll try to do when everybody's back.

"We dropped points at home unexpectedly against Hull and that's why we have to focus on winning the Burnley game before I can plan giving Theo some competition."

Sean Dyche will celebrate two years at the Burnley helm by making a trip to one of the top-flight's powerhouses, and he is determined to remain positive despite their winless start to the campaign.

"It dents you but it doesn't break you," he said of Burnley's disappointing opening to the season, which has seen them take four points from nine matches. "It can be a reality, whether it hurts or not is irrelevant. It gives you the added motivation to get wins. It's important we focus on what we're about. We get the players prepared to go and achieve things."

Burnley have received a boost to their midfield options ahead of the game with Dean Marney recovering from a hamstring injury.

Arsenal (from): Martinez, Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Coquelin, Diaby, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Alexis, Campbell, Podolski, Sanogo, Walcott, Welbeck.

Burnley (from): Cisak, Gilks, Heaton, Duff, Keane, Lafferty, Long, Mee, Shackell, Trippier, Ward, Arfield, Boyd, Chalobah, Howieson, Jones, Kightly, Marney, Wallace, Barnes, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Sordell.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Craig Pawson Assistants: D Bryan, D Eaton Fourth Official: J Moss

Current form

Last six matches

won

0 - 2 v Sunderland (A) 25 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Hull (H) 18 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 05 Oct 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Spurs (H) 27 Sep 2014

won

0 - 3 v Aston Villa (A) 20 Sep 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Man City (H) 13 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 2 v Sunderland (A) 25 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 05 Oct 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 3 v Everton (H) 26 Oct 2014

lost

1 - 3 v West Ham (H) 18 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Leicester (A) 04 Oct 2014

lost

4 - 0 v West Brom (A) 28 Sep 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Sunderland (H) 20 Sep 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 13 Sep 2014
Last win/defeat

won

4 - 2 v Spurs (H) 09 May 2010

lost

1 - 3 v Everton (H) 26 Oct 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Arsenal Burnley

Sat 06 Mar 2010 | Emirates Stadium | Attendance: 60,043

Arsenal 3 - 1 Burnley
  • Francesc Fábregas (34)
  • Theo Walcott (60)
  • Andrey Arshavin (90+4)
  • David Nugent (50)
  Possession
Arsenal 64%
Burnley 36%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Arsenal 10 11
Burnley 6 3
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Arsenal 9 0 0
Burnley 12 4 0
Total 21 4 0
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