Arsenal will try to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches on Sunday as they host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
The Clarets enter the contest in fine form, having won three of their last four. Burnley sit in 10th place in the standings, sporting a 10-point buffer over the clubs in the relegation zone.
The Gunners chase leaders Chelsea by eight points and must win to keep their title hopes alive.
Per Tom Doyle of the London Evening Standard, Arsenal remain without the services of Theo walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Per Mertesacker. Santi Cazorla’s s Achilles injury isn’t healing as originally hoped, and the Spaniard could be out for the rest of the season.
Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs and Francis Coquelin should be good to go, and Olivier Giroud is also expected to return.
Burnley should be able to call on Scott Arfield and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but Dean Marney could miss out on Sunday’s match.
Burnley are in the midst of a fine season and beat Southampton 1-0 in their last outing, giving the Clarets some hope ahead of Sunday’s trip to London. The Gunners are the clear favourites to win, but things may not come as easy as some might expect.
Alexis Sanchez is once again living up to his high standards, and others have contributed as well. Olivier Giroud has been in excellent form of late, and if he’s good to go on Sunday―and expectations are he will be, per the club’s official website―he’ll add another dimension to the attack.
Giroud’s aerial ability allows the Gunners to make full use of the wings and switch between firing crosses into the box or cutting inside to pass straight through the defence.
Prediction: Arsenal 2- Burnley 0