Sunday evening can not come quick enough for Arsenal fans, a chance a redemption after the humbling 2-0 defeat away to Spurs.
With pressure building on Mikel Arteta and his squad after three consecutive defeats at home, the arrival of Burnley presents the perfect chance to grab a vital three points.
With the Gunners currently occupying 15th spot in the table, only three above Burnley who are in the relegation zone, Sunday is simply a must-win for this Arsenal team, anything less and it will get ugly.
Thomas Partey will be out for the next few matches after aggravating his thigh injury in the loss to Spurs. Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz, and Reiss Nelson are listed as doubtful while Nicolas Pepe is serving the last of this three match ban.
For Burnley, Robbie Brady and Dale Stephens are doubtful with Brady being assessed ahead of kick-off while midfielder Jack Cork is out for the clash.
The importance of this match can not be underestimated. Three points are a must, and it will ultimately be determined by Arteta’s squad selection.
As we know Arsenal’s European form has been first class, winning six from six and topping the group, while in the Premier League they have come unstuck.
Personally, it is time to make some changes to the starting 11.
Ainsley Maitland Niles should be given a chance, whether that be in the midfield or at right-back, as Hector Bellerin has underwhelmed so far this season.
Reiss Nelson is another who has had good performances in Europe yet can not get in the league side, he should be starting instead of Willian.
Then there is Florin Balogun who has been seriously impressive in his small cameo’s and could potentially be on the bench. Does Eddie Nketiah start and push Aubameyang out wide? There are numerous decisions Mikel has to make and he will ultimately be judged on whether or not he chooses to change a side that has not fired a shot at all this season.
Predicted XI: Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney, Xhaka, Maitland Niles, Ceballos, Nelson, Aubameyang, Saka.
It is a must-win for us here, there is not doubt about it, Mikel should take off the handbrake and let the players play football. While yes we have seen our defensive shape improve, at the cost of our attacking ability, but the time is now to take the shackles off and go and win these three points.
Arteta will not lose his job if we do not win, however, those calls from fans to have him removed might just be too loud for the board to ignore.
I expect us to come out and get the job done and to breathe life into our league campaign.
Prediction- Arsenal 2-0 Burnley