Burnley vs Arsenal. 11th April 2015. Turf Moor.
Arsenal will take a short trip to Lancashire to take on Burnley in Saturday’s Premier League evening time kickoff. We look at 5 things Arsene Wenger and his men must do to walk away with all three points from the Turf Moor.
1. Maintain the tempo.
Coming off the back of an impressively reassuring victory over bitter rivals Liverpool, and maintaining a winning streak of 7 Premier League games. There is no better way to reassure the fans of their rather late ambitious title charge than a convincing victory over the Clarets at Turf Moor.
2. Keep the same squad.
Arsenal are booming at the moment and there’s a much better feeling knowing that the bench is well stocked as most of our injured players are back and eager to play as well.
As much as the boss would want to rotate his side to give everyone a fair chance, I’ll advise that he maintains the same side (at least for the first half) that saw off Liverpool as I see the game against the Clarets as a potential banana peel.
3. Defence take note – It won’t be another Arsenal walk-over.
Yes, we have been brilliant in attack so far in recent weeks. But honestly, we have been shaky at the back sometimes as well.
Whichever combination of Mertesacker- koscielny, Mertesacker- Gabriel or Gabriel-Koscielny the boss chose’s to deploy at the centre back position today, they have to see to it that no mistakes are made.
4. First half goal please.
One of the major strengths of the team this second half of the season has been first half goal(s).
It’s been well documented that almost every game that the Gunners score more than one goal in the first half, they win.
5. Direct left free kicks should be left for Ozil to take.
We all saw the beauty of a free kick Ozil scored against Liverpool last weekend; it was the type that gets you out of your seat screaming.
Arsenal are not the type to score free kicks, but the willingness from the likes of Alexis Sanchez to try to curl one in every now and then has gotten Ozil’s attention to sharpen up his free kick skills.
And in my own opinion, he’s got the skill in him to do so better than Sanchez.
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