Arsenal v Burnley: match preview

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Arsenal have no excuses if their dismal form in cups continues in the league against Burnley. Mikel Arteta’s side may have struggled recently but they face a team bottom with only one win, recovering from numerous Covid cases and missing their best player, Maxwel Cornet. The Ivorian is into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with his country and his absence leaves Sean Dyche’s goal-shy side alarmingly short in attack. Arsenal may have shortcomings of their own thanks to the folly of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey receiving red cards in successive Carabao Cup matches against Liverpool but if they fail to return to winning ways on Sunday then the dream of returning to the Champions League could start to fade. Graham Searles

Sunday 2pm

Venue Emirates Stadium

Last season Arsenal 0 Burnley 1

Referee David Coote

This season G12 Y56 R2 4.83 cards/game

Odds H 2-5 A 9-1 D 4-1

ARSENAL

Subs from Hein, Okonkwo, Tavares, Marí, Soares, Bierith, Giraud-Hutchinson, Patino, Salah-Eddin, Nketiah

Doubtful None

Injured Soares (hip, unknown), Chambers (neck, unknown), Leno (back, unknown), Aubameyang (heart, unknown)

Suspended Xhaka (last of two), Partey (one match)

Unavailable Elneny, Pépé (Africa Cup of Nations)

Discipline Y31 R2

Form LWWWWL

Leading scorer Smith Rowe 8

BURNLEY

Subs from Hennessey, Norris, Pieters, Bardsley, Thomas, Collins, Vydra, McNeil, Roberts

Doubtful Roberts (match fitness), Taylor (knock), Gudmundsson, Collins, McNeil, Pieters, Vydra (all Covid)

Injured Barnes (hamstring, Feb)

Suspended None

Unavailable Cornet (Africa Cup of Nations)

Discipline Y34 R0

Form DDLDLL

Leading scorer Cornet 6

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