Arsenal Preview and Line-Up: Awesome Auba is Back, Martinelli or Pepe?

A few days ago, we published GN5’s historical match preview and my predicted line-up, but this post did not get enough airing due to my (misguided) excitement about the last day of the TW and belief that we would all be discussing the (then imminent) arrival of Cedric Soares…. That did not happen and I want to do justice to GN5’s fine post by reissuing it.

Burnley v Arsenal – February 02, 2020


Proud founder members of the Football League, Burnley Football Club began life as the ‘Burnley Rovers’ rugby club and became Burnley Football Club in 1882. They moved to their Turf Moor home shortly afterwards, at the invitation of the town’s cricket club, which is still uniquely situated next to the stadium.

FA Cup campaigns gave way to organised football in 1888 with the foundation of the Football League – and since then Burnley have claimed every major honour, with the exception of the League Cup.

The first honour was a Second Division title in 1897-98 and the club’s improved fortunes were finally reflected in an FA Cup triumph at The Crystal Palace in 1914, with a 1-0 win against Liverpool coming just months before the outbreak of the Great War.

Following the War, the Clarets continued to make their mark on the domestic game and in the 1920-21 season the team enjoyed a remarkable unbeaten run of 30 league matches as they led the club to an inaugural First Division title, having been runners-up the previous season.

That magnificent league record stood for over 80 years, until being battered by Arsenal in the 2003/04 season.Burnley has been champions of England twice, in 1920–21 and 1959–60, has won the FA Cup once, in 1914, and has won the Community Shield twice, in 1960 and 1973. The Clarets also reached the 1961 quarter-finals of the European Cup.

Burnley is one of only five teams to have won all four professional divisions of English football, (Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4) along with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth.

Burnley has a 50/50 EPL home record of – W6, L6, GF16, GA18, and in their last home game they beat Leicester City 2-1.

Burnley Home Results – 2019-20
Against W L GF GA
Southampton 1   3 0
Liverpool   1 0 3
Norwich 1   2 0
Everton 1   1 0
Chelsea   1 2 4
West Ham 1   3 0
Crystal Palace   1 0 2
Man C.   1 1 4
Newcastle 1   1 0
Man U.   1 0 2
Aston Villa   1 1 2
Leicester 1   2 1
Total 6 6 16 18

 Arsenal has not lost to Burnley in the Premier League era and we hold a perfect home record.

Arsenal v Burnley – EPL home game results
1 06-Mar-10 1     3 1
2 01-Nov-14 1     3 0
3 22-Jan-17 1     2 1
4 06-May-18 1     5 0
5 22-Dec-18 1     3 1
6 17-Aug-19 1     2 1
Total: 6 0 0 18 4

We are unbeaten in our away games at Turf Moor and have only dropped two points in five games. 

Arsenal v Burnley – EPL Away Game Results
1 16-Dec-09   1   1 1
2 11-Apr-15 1     1 0
3 02-Oct-16 1     1 0
4 26-Nov-17 1     1 0
5 12-May-19 1     3 1
6 02-Feb-20          
Total: 4 1 0 7 2

Burnley and Arsenal are tied in the League with both teams sitting at 30 points, their respective managers will have the teams fully revved up and ready to battle for both points and position.

Will Arsenal retain their record of not losing at Turf Moor in the Premier League?


See also for fine preview and great training pictures…. so much joy amongst the players these days….

Finally, TA’s much-desired Line-Up (rather than predicted):

It is to be expected that Pepe will start, but I reckon he is not doing enough on the right wing to justify his inclusion much longer. He is lucky that Nelson remains injured as in my opinion he is the better player in terms of first touches, passing ability, graft and support to the defence… and much more of an Arteta player. Auba will surely return as he loves scoring against the Clarets but can Arteta really leave out the fabulous, hard working Martinelli in this pivotal game for us?!


9 thoughts on “Arsenal Preview and Line-Up: Awesome Auba is Back, Martinelli or Pepe?

  • Leno, Bels, Mustafi!!, Luiz, Saka, Xhaka, Guendouzi!!, Martinelli!!!, Ozil, Laca and Auba to start!!

    Pepe on the bench, together with Torreira!!, Big Sok, Ceballos, Martinez, Eddie and WIllock.

  • Morning all,

    It’s been a tough week for GN5, I’ve had a full body bone scan, a full body Cat scan and and MIR on my head all due to a rising PSA. I’ve had prostate cancer since 2012 and it’s been undetectable until the past few months when it raised it’s ugly head. The end result is that the prostate cancer has spread but very fortunately it’s only in one rib which the Oncologists feel is both treatable and curable. I’m going to be a part of a special clinical study group which utilizes a new SBRT radiation treatment and a new drug which finds and kills off random prostate cancer cells.

    I decided to tell you all this because this is a male group and you should take my word that prostate cancer can be detected early with a simple PSA (prostate specific allergen) blood test. If you are 40 plus you should have an annual test. Don’t leave it too late – 90% of men will get prostate cancer and it has now overtaken breast cancer as the number one cancer,
    Medical alert over.

    Thank you for putting my post up again Total.

  • leno
    (martinez, sokratis, ceballos, pépé, torreira, nketiah, willock)
    we’ll soon find out what this is worth
    an away game without lucas in the engine room scares the s..t out of me
    gabe over pépé, i approve of (for what it’s worth)
    i find the team selection very harsh on rob/ainsley
    but mikel knows better, of that i’m sure

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