England Premier League
Sunday 23rd January 2022
Kick off at 2pm GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal are still searching for their first win of 2022 and it is fair to say that after a couple of months of good form at the back end of last year Arsenal are not looking their best.
The Gunners have been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions within a few weeks. Recently Liverpool beat them 2-0 to advance to the final of the EFL Cup, but at least that was a good run by Mikel Arteta’s team. But their 3rd round exit in the FA Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest was simply not good enough. Because of postponements Arsenal have only played one league game so far that ended in defeat to Manchester City. Arteta will be gunning to get his team back on the winning track.
Arsenal come into this game in 6th place and have 2 games in hand over 4th place West Ham, although they have Tottenham in between them and Manchester United are right behind, so there is so much to play for. Despite some of their woes this season Arsenal have been fairly strong at home and have the 3rd best record in the Premier League where they have won 70% of their games and lost just twice. Up until the Manchester City loss the club had won their last 4 home games in a row.
Burnley have gone to the bottom of the league after Norwich’s latest exploits and they are a whopping 24 points behind their hosts and have 11 points. This is the bad news, the good news is Sean Dyche’s team have 5 games in hand over Norwich who are now in safety in 17th place and also have 2 games in hand over the other two teams in the relegation zone in Newcastle and Watford.
But of course no matter how many extra games you have to play you have to win them and Burnley have struggled in that department this season winning just once so far. They come into this game having lost their last two with their last match ending in a 3-1 loss away to Leeds.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe are all on international duty. Cedric has a hip injury and only has a 50/50 chance to make this game. Calum Chambers isn’t expected to play as he has a neck injury. Bernd Leno will be assessed with his back injury and is touch and go. Thomas Partey is suspended after he was sent off in the EFL Cup semi-final v Liverpool. Granit Xhaka is also suspended for the next 2 games after being sent off in the EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
Burnley: Nathan Collins could return after illness and will be assessed. Charlie Taylor is touch and go to make the cut after a knock and will be assessed.
Arsenal vs Burnley Head to Head:
Last season Burnley won this fixture 1-0.
From the last 15 meetings Arsenal have won 12 of them.
The last 4 meetings have all seen under 2.5 goals.
Arsenal vs Burnley Prediction:
Burnley were an easy 3 points for Arsenal in the last decade but recently that has changed and the Gunners have only beaten them once in the last 4 games. However that victory was the last time the clubs met earlier in the season when Arsenal won 1-0 away. That day Martin Odegaard got the goal and we will be backing him to score again. Let’s remember that Arsenal are missing some of their front line and also have two suspensions coming into this game and Odegaard will likely play in a more forward role.
Mikel Arteta has done a good job for Arsenal this season but in the last few weeks all of that hard work is being threatened and the club need to refocus. This is a great opportunity for them to press for 4th place and at the end of the day they are playing the bottom side and are at home, there are no excuses even if some key players are missing and we don’t see anything but a home win. The Gunners though are around 1.30 to win and the better value could be in backing them to be winning at half time.
Arsenal vs Burnley Betting Tips:
Half Time: Arsenal to win at 1.80
Anytime goalscorer: Martin Odegaard at 3.00
Arsenal to score 2+ goals at 1.50