We head into the seventh week of the Premier League, Arsenal will be looking to maintain their fine form this weekend when they take on Burnley at the Turf Moor on Sunday. Arsenal will easily pass for one of the most in-form clubs in the League as evident by all A-League betting odds, which would see most bookmakers place their money where the form of the club lies.
Arsenal started the season poorly with a defeat to Liverpool at the Emirates – this stirred a lot of controversy for Arsene Wenger, who was accused of being frugal in the transfer market, and had not completed the signing of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez. However, the defeat to Liverpool in the League opener remains the one and only defeat for Arsenal in all competitions hitherto.
Arsenal have won their last four Premier League games, scoring 12 goals and conceding three. There has been a slight change in the formation and style of play for Arsenal which sees the combination of the front three of Alex Iwobi, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott inflict damage on their opponents with reckless abandon.
With Giroud in attack for Arsenal, the Gunners resorted to playing long-balls, with the French bloke holding play while the other players are brought into the fray. With this, the opposing clubs defend high up the pitch, frustrating the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla with less space to operate from the middle of the park. Hence, the aforementioned midfielders are denied space.
However, with the recent resurgence of Theo Walcott on the right flank for Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez as a diminutive but powerful striker, opposing defenders are forced to defend deeply in their own half against the Gunners – leaving ample space for the mesmeric Ozil and Cazorla to operate in the midfield. This is largely responsible for the fluidity Arsenal have experienced.
We expect Arsene Wenger to retain the same team that thumped Chelsea in the League last weekend against the Clarets. Granit Xhaka will be in line for a start in place of Francis Coquelin whose knee is currently banjaxed. We also expect the Swiss to pull some strings from his deep midfield role and possibly, a Xhaka-BOOM goal.
Arsenal are favourite for the three points given the way they are playing at the moment. Arsene Wenger has cautioned his players to stay motivated, focused and humble to be able to carry on the same from one game to another.