Arsenal line ups vs Burnley as Oleksandr Zinchenko returns and Takehiro Tomiyasu decision made

football.london’s Arsenal reporters Kaya Kaynak and Tom Canton decide who Mikel Arteta should pick for this weekend’s Premier League clash at Turf Moor

Things couldn’t be going an awful lot better for Arsenal right now. They’ve catapulted themselves back in to the title race with four superb wins in a row in which they have scored 16 goals. Mikel Arteta though, is not getting too carried away.

“It’s the most important part of the season,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “We know that every fixture will play a significant part in what we want to achieve. Burnley is the most important one at the moment. If you look at how teams have drawn with or beaten them it’s been with very small margins. They’re very well coached and they’ll be very competitive. We know we have a very tough match on Saturday. That’s the only way to play the game. The rest will come.”

Arteta will know that unless Arsenal can get their fifth win a row, they will risk ceding crucial ground to Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race. As a result, it’s crucial he gets his team selection right. Thankfully football.london‘s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak and Tom Canton are on hand to help decide who he should pick.

Tom Canton – Football writer

Arsenal will hope to welcome back a couple of their absentees from previous weeks however, they might need to make do with a place on the bench considering the form Mikel Arteta’s side go into the clash with Burnley. Oleksandr Zinchenko is my only returner if indeed he is available which the Spaniard has remained tight-lipped on so far.

Although Jorginho has trained this week, the midfield three of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Martin Odegaard should be maintained to continue their dominance. I would love to see a goal or two from the skipper to add to what has become a creative masterclass of a season after this past weekend he became the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to reach 50-plus chances created.

Up top Leandro Trossard has justified his selection but perhaps Gabriel Jesus could be return to return to at least the bench. Either side of the Belgian, Bukayo Saka’s had a strong week with his goal contributions receiving meaningful praise and Gabriel Martinelli too has found his stride after a slower start to the season.

Canton’s Arsenal XI vs Burnley: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli

Kaya Kaynak – Chief Arsenal correspondent

How can you change a team that has just recorded its highest ever away win? More importantly, should you? That’s the dilemma facing Mikel Arteta ahead of this weekend.

If I were him I would tweak the backline ever so slightly. I don’t think Oleksandr Zinchenko is going to make it, but if Takehiro Tomiyasu is fit again, then I’m bringing him in to the starting XI instead of Jakub Kiwior. This isn’t the Burnley of old where it was non stop aerial duels, but I think getting some minutes into the Japan international’s legs before Wednesday’s trip to Porto is a smart idea.

In midfield it’s got to be Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard after the two produced men of the match displays at West Ham last week. Alongside them I’m sticking with Kai Havertz. It’s a shame Emile Smith Rowe isn’t fit or else this is exactly the sort of game I would look to start him in.

Up front Bukayo Saka will be hoping to get even more goals, and with the spaces Burnley leave Gabriel Martinelli could be another looking to find the back of the net. Through the middle I’m not risking Gabriel Jesus ahead of Porto, and Leandro Trossard edges out Eddie Nketiah after his fine run of recent form.

Kaynak’s Arsenal XI vs Burnley: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli.

 

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