Arsenal has found wining matches in the Premier League hard to come by since the season started. The club has just three wins from nine Premier League matches, a sequence that has seen Arsene Wenger’s side draw five of the nine matches, with three of those draws coming against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at the Emirates. As Sean Dyne’s Burnley arrive the Emirates on Saturday, they would be looking for their first league win of the season, while Arsenal would be looking to register its first consecutive win in the Premier League this season.
With the Clarets arriving to the North London as the side with the worst record in the league, we look at five reasons why Arsenal would beat Burnley on Saturday.
- THE TEAM IS GRADUALLY DEVELOPING A WINNING HABIT
Arsenal recorded victory from the jaws of defeat in the Champions League match against Anderlecht last week after being on the back foot throughout in Brussels, the same happened at the Stadium of Light when again the team failed to sparkle, but relied on two defensive howlers to record a 2-0 win. The hallmark of a good side is the ability to irk out victory when not playing well, and with confidence returning from those two victories, the theme is expected to continue on Saturday.
- THE DRIVE TO RECORD A FIRST HOME WIN IN TWO MONTHS
The Emirates faithful has not tasted victory in the last two months in the league, with the last minute winner from Aaron Ramsey against Crystal Palace the last time Arsenal won at home. Playing against Burnley represents a huge chance for the players to put another win on the board after three successive draws against Manchester City, Spurs and Hull City, incidentally matches in which Arsenal trailed at certain times.
- THE ALEXIS SANCHEZ FACTOR
The Chilean has been involved in Arsenal’s last four Premier League goals against Hull City and Sunderland; he has scored three goals and provided an assist for the equalizer against Steve Bruce side. The match against Sunderland was the first time his goals has fetched Arsenal all three points in the League, after his goals against Leicester City, Manchester City and Hull City only fetched Arsenal a point. Despite giving Arsene Wenger’s side the lead in those matches. With his form, he is expected to extend his scoring streak in front of goal.
- THE RETURN OF THEO WALCOTT
The English winger is expected to make his return against Burnley, this is expected to give added spice to the match, and his prowess in front of goal together with Alexis Sanchez in the side should make for an high tempo game which would suit Theo Walcott to mark his return with a goal in the pitch he suffered his knee injury.
- THE ONE WEEK REST
Not much has been made about the fact that Arsenal was not involved in a midweek fixture. But the one week rest would have afforded Arsene Wenger the opportunity to work on the combination play of his players as well as other new things. And with that in mind, a full steam display when that combination clicks could only lead to devastating consequences against Burnley on Saturday.