It just wasn’t destined to be for Arsene Wenger. The legendary Arsenal boss was hoping to cap off over two decades at the helm by adding an Europa League medal to his collection, but despite a valiant effort The Gunners were undone by a single mistake yet again. They lost 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid and 2-1 on aggregate, falling at the final hurdle and leaving a dejected squad behind.
The crowd will undoubtedly be behind them on Sunday though, as their hosting of Burnley marks the end of Wenger’s reign at The Emirates. This is the last time he will lead his team out at The Emirates, and everyone will be urging them on to get a big win.
Admittedly their form recently hasn’t been the best, with one win, two draws, and three defeats in their last six competitive games. In the Premier League alone things don’t look quite so bleak though, where they have won four of their last six games and have only lost twice all season at The Emirates.
Indeed, all of The Gunners problems have come on the road this term. They have won 14 of their 18 home league games and actually have the second best home record in the Premier League. They have collected just two fewer points than Manchester City as well, and have scored an impressive 49 goals. With 6th place in the table on the line, they will be eager for a win to avoid the potential indignity of finishing below a Burnley side with a fraction of their resources.
Burnley’s season has been incredible to be fair to them. They have recently slumped back into another difficult spell and are three games without a win, but with just two games remaining and a six point advantage over Everton hey have all but wrapped up a shock Europa League qualifying spot for next season.
The Clarets have only won one of their last eight in the Premier League, but they don’t tend to fare very well against the bigger sides in the division. In fact, of the ten games they have lost this season in the league, seven of them have come against the teams above them in the table. This includes a 1-0 defeat at home to Arsenal towards the end of 2017, so the signs don’t look good.
Sean Dyche’s men have long been viewed as a defensively minded side, and whilst that was the case earlier in the season the focus does seem to have shifted. Burnley have scored eight goals in their last four away games in the league, but have kept just one away clean sheet in 2018. Meanwhile, Arsenal have scored in all but one of their home games this season and have the second highest goals tally in front of their own fans, but they have kept just two clean sheets in their last nine games at The Emirates, making a Both Teams to Score bet look a great value offering.
We’re expecting the hosts to turn on the style for Wenger’s last hurrah at home, and considering each of their last nine home games have seen at least three goals we think an Arsenal Win and Over 2.5 Goals bet goes well with a 2-1 correct score predictions.
Alexandre Lacazette is the man to watch out for as well. The French striker has taken a fondness for The Emirates, and ten of his 13 league goals this season have come there. This includes a brace in their 4-1 win over West Ham towards the end of April, so he looks the best choice for our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Arsenal Predicted Lineup: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Chambers, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette
Burnley Predicted Lineup: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Ward, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Lennon, Barnes, Vokes