Two sides who have endured tough Premier League starts clash at Turf Moor on Saturday when Burnley host Arsenal.

The Clarets are yet to win in the top flight this season, having amassed just a single point from their opening 4 games.

Their latest outing came on the road at Goodison Park on Monday evening, where despite Ben Mee’s early opener Rafa Benitez’s side roared back in the space of 7 second half minutes to hand Everton a 3-1 win.

Regardless of the inevitable disappointment of defeat on Monday there will be no panic stations from Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who earlier this week put pen-to-paper on a new four-year deal at the club.

Dyche – who even has a pub named after him in the town – has been in charge of Burnley for almost 9 years, making him the longest serving manager in the Premier League.

Starting a season slowly is not a new phenomenon for Dyche, whose side had to wait until matchday 8 last campaign to secure their first 3 points.

The 19th placed Clarets will be hoping to bag that first league win at the 5th attempt this weekend though as they face an Arsenal side who had made their worst ever start to a season in their 118-year history.

Heading in to the recent international break, the Gunners had lost all 3 of their opening fixtures, conceding 9 goals in the process, leaving them rock bottom of the Premier League table.

They were able to stop the rot last time out against Norwich, however – a 1-0 victory enough to steer them clear of the bottom three heading in to the game with Burnley.

Despite Arsenal’s dreadful start to the campaign, the statistics are piled in their favour. Burnley haven’t won at Turf Moor in their last 12 games and haven’t beaten the Gunners on their own patch since 1973.

No European football for Arsenal this season for the first time in 26 years may also be a blessing in disguise this term as manager Mikel Arteta is afforded a longer recovery period between games for his players.

Only Granit Xhaka is a definite absentee for Arsenal this weekend as he has a three-match ban following his red card against Manchester City.

Rob Holding is a doubt to play with heavy bruising on his knee, whilst Mohamed Elneny is also unlikely to feature with a hamstring complaint.

Burnley have Kevin Long, Dale Stephens and Connor Roberts all sidelined, but Nathan Collins will be put through a late fitness test before the game with Dyche describing his scenario as “favourable news.”

Burnley v Arsenal is at 3pm on Saturday 18th September.

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