Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Burnley


Referee Lee Mason will get the match at Turf Moor under way at 2pm (GMT). Burnley are on a three-game win streak, they sit seventh in the table, level on points with Arsenal, and they have lost only one of their four games this season against other top-six teams.

Burnley fans will be hoping that their Premier League clash at home to Arsenal doesn't throw up any controversial circumstances akin to last year's bout.

The Gunners begin their hectic schedule with a trip to Turf Moor to take on the in-form Burnley, who are now in sixth place.

Dean Marney and Jon Walters continue to make steady progress from their respective injuries while Dyche's desire not to rush England goalkeeper Tom Heaton back from his shoulder operation is made easier by the continued fine form of his understudy Nick Pope.

Arsenal have won their last six meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last two in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Clarets were denied a deserved point against the Gunners at Turf Moor last term thanks to Laurent Koscielny's last-gasp victor - a goal which was rife with controversy over a potential handball by the defender.

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Martin Keown has claimed that Tottenham were guilty of complacency during their Premier League game against Arsenal last weekend. Both teams, every time they won the ball, went forward so the intensity was higher.

Ahead of Burnley's clash with Arsenal on Sunday, Dyche explained, "I'm really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment but there is still a lot of work to be done".

A north London derby win over Spurs might have some convinced things are on the up for Arsenal, but let's not forget Wenger's men went two without a win just prior to that victory.

But if Arsenal match their enthusiasm early on, I can see them winning.

And Wenger believes that it could prove to be a massive advantage going into festive period when Arsenal are likely to be playing nearly every three days in the coming weeks.

There are several explanations for Arsenal's set piece prowess, one of which comes in the form of France striker Giroud. You need to find the mental resources every time to be up for it in the Premier League. "They put you to their face and then bite you!" Spurs did, big players didn't turn up.