Arsenal vs. Burnley: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info
Arsenal take on Burnley on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium in what is bound to be an emotional affair as it is Arsene Wenger’s final home game in charge of the Gunners.
The Frenchman will step down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge and will hope to say goodbye to the home supporters with victory against Sean Dyche’s side.
Date: Sunday, May 6
Time: 4:30 p.m. BST/11:30 a.m. ET
TV: CNBC (U.S.)
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Burnley are still without several key players with Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Steven Defour, Scott Arfield and Ben Mee still all sidelined, per Transfermarkt.
Arsenal lost captain Laurent Koscienly to a torn Achilles during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid, per Goal’s Chris Wheatley.
Calum Chambers replaced him at the Wanda Metropolitano and could keep his place alongside Shkodran Mustafi.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be available after featuring as a substitute against Atletico Madrid, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should come back into the team after being cup-tied on Thursday.
Farewell to Arsene Wenger
Arsenal’s Europa League exit means there will be no fairytale finish for Wenger, but the club are planning a guard of honour on Sunday, per Daniel Cutts at The Sun.
It’s a sad end to Wenger’s career at Arsenal, but he will hope his team can bounce back from their European disappointment and send him off with a victory.
Liam Twomey of ESPN FC did not have too much sympathy for Wenger:
The Frenchman’s departure does feel long overdue with Arsenal set to end the season with no silverware and no UEFA Champions League football once again.
Sports writer Ben Fairthorne said it might take a while for Arsenal to recover:
Meanwhile, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown does not expect Mesut Ozil to feature on Sunday, per James Benge at the Evening Standard:
Arsenal’s players will need to rouse themselves after a disappointing display in Madrid as they prepare to say goodbye to Wenger and welcome in a new era at the Emirates.
Burnley Heading into Europe
Burnley are virtually assured of a place in the Europa League next season and may even have confirmed qualification before kick-off if Everton do not beat Southampton on Saturday.
The Clarets are six points clear of the Toffees with two games left to play and also have a far superior goal difference.
Manager Sean Dyche’s exploits have seen him honoured in an unusual way, per BBC Sport:
Burnley head to the Emirates in good form, as they have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games.
However, they have lost their last three Premier League matches against Arsenal to injury-time winners and may feel they deserve a bit of luck this time around.
Burnley also have two forwards who are in good form and may be able to take advantage of any defensive vulnerability, per Opta:
There’s even a slim chance of Burnley pipping Arsenal for sixth place. Victory for the Clarets on Sunday would see them move level on points with the Gunners, although they have played a game more.
The focus will be on Wenger and Arsenal on Sunday, but Burnley have been one of the biggest success stories in the Premier League this season and could spoil the party.