Official! Arsenal Starting 4-2-3-1 Line Up Against Burnley

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Arsenal will be looking to leapfrog into second place today with three points at home to Burnley following a draw for Tottenham Hotspur and defeat for Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners are widely-expected to beat a midtable Burnley side who have taken only one point on their travels so far this season.

Arsène Wenger’s side have won three of their last four league games including a 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City last weekend.  The Swans were 3-2 winners at Liverpool this weekend.

Goalkeeper: Petr Čech

Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper has kept clean sheets in three of his last four Premier League games but ship three in a midweek draw at Bournemouth earlier this year.  The Clarets play two up front so Petr Čech can probably expect some action in this one.

Defence: Héctor Bellerín, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal

Héctor Bellerín has been back in training and is expected to return at right-back in place of Gabriel Paulista.  Shkodran Mustafi recently made his return to partner Laurent Koscielny meaning Wenger could have preferred back four to face Burnley.  Nacho Monreal has no competition from an injury Kieran Gibbs.

Midfield: Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka; Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Alexi Iwobi

One position that Wenger doesn’t have all his players available is in holding midfield.  Francis Coquelin has missed the past couple of games through injury, Santi Cazorla remains sidelined and Mohamed Elneny is at the African Cup of Nations.  Therefore Aaron Ramsey will continue alongside Granit Xhaka in front of the back four.  Alexis Sánchez grabbed the fourth last weekend but he’s not been as big a goal threat as he was earlier in the season.  On the opposite flank it was two balls from Alex Iwobi last weekend that Swansea turned into their own net.  Mesut Özil will pull the strings in midfield hoping to unlock the Burnley defence.

Striker: Olivier Giroud

The French striker has been on fire of late and will continue up front in this one.  Olivier Giroud scored the opener at Swansea last Saturday and has scored in each of his last four Premier League appearances.

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