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After being eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Thursday, Arsenal will be looking to make amends in the Premier League as they host Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday

After being eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Thursday, Arsenal will be looking to make amends in the Premier League as they host Burnley at the Emirates on Sunday.

Arteta’s side now have full focus on the league after being put out of all domestic competitions this month while in 6th place. Burnley sit at the bottom of table but with four games in hand.

Arsenal

It was a disappointing night at the Emirates as their Carabao Cup campaign was ended by Liverpool, in a game which saw yet another red card for the Gunners.

Despite Alexandre Lacazette hitting the bar from a free-kick early in the game, the visitors were too much for the home side as a Diogo Jota brace secured their place in the final against Chelsea.

It was a week to forgot for Thomas Partey, whose Ghana side were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations this week. He then received two yellow cards in quick succession against Liverpool which capped of a poor night for his side.

With the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United all gunning for the top four places, the pressure in now on for Arsenal having been overtaken by rivals Spurs who move into fifth.

Burnley

You would do well to recall the last time Burnley played a Premier League game, which came 20 days ago against Leeds during their 3-1 defeat at Elland Road.

Since then, several postponements due to COVID-19 outbreaks has meant that Sean Dyce’s side have now played six games fewer than Chelsea, as the Clarets begin to get their campaign underway again against Arsenal.

They will be without striker Chris Wood who recently moved to fellow relegation battlers Newcastle United in what could prove to be detrimental to Burnley’s season.

Burnley are only one of two sides yet to win away from home this season – the other being Newcastle – as they begin the trawl through the backlog of fixtures.

Victory would see them climb out of the relegation places into 17th, though it is a big ask from Dyce’s side who is short of options.

Team news

Arsenal now struggle for midfield options as Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka miss out through suspension while Mohamed Elneny remains at the Africa Cup of Nations along with Nicolas Pepe.

Despite striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returning to London following Gabon’s elimination from the tournament, his future at Arsenal remains up in the air and is unlikely to feature.

As for Burnley, the potential line-up remains a mystery following the outbreak of COVID cases in the side recently. Nathan Collins, Dwight McNeil, Charlie Taylor, Erik Pieters, Matej Vydra and Johann Gudmunsson are all thought to be affected.

Ashley Barnes and Connor Roberts miss out through injury while Maxwel Cornet is remains on international duty.

Arsenal vs Burnley – kick off at 2pm (UK time) on Sunday 23rd January 2022.

 

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