First Home Game of the Season … Arsenal vs Burnley

Emery had some very complimentary words for Dyche and his Burnley team. He commented that they were among the best teams in the league when it came to long balls, physicality and fighting for the second balls. Emery knows their game plan and he knows their top players.

Will he adapt our team to be able to cope with their game plan or will he try to impose our pace and trickery to them especially since we re playing at home.?

I expect a bit of both so here is my expected line up with Luiz being handed his first start and us to play in a 352:

This team has pace and physicality. Only question mark would be on Guendouzi as he could well give way to LT or eventually Mkhy.

I say it will be a tough battle but we will come out victorious. 2-1 with Auba and Chambers to score while we concede a goal on a corner courtesy of Tarkowski.

Don’t forget that Burnley won 3-0 in their opening game with Barnes scoring two and their left back providing assists as well. We know the danger but let s keep our good record vs Burnley and put in a strong display. CYYG!



85 Responses to First Home Game of the Season … Arsenal vs Burnley

  1. Sue says:

    Auba has faced Burnley 3 times – scoring a brace in each! Hoping that trend continues today….
    Nice team, RC (especially with Kola) although I think we’ll see Pepe today….
    Well, I have to depart, have a train to catch… looking forward to walking out of Arsenal tube station in to that sea of red, then catching that first glimpse of the Ems! That still excites me, after all this time 😁
    Let’s hope for 3 points & a great game.. oh and btw (not until later, I know) but come on City & Sergio 💪🦵

  2. LB says:

    Well done RC for at least coming up with a possible team, I used to really enjoy trying to guess but now days I haven’t got a clue.
    Still, that also makes things interesting.

  3. RC78 says:

    I am looking forward to seeing Pepe at the Emirates as well.. Imagine if we get our first glimpse of the Laca-Auba-Pepe strike force this weekend… Can’t wait

  4. RC78 says:

    On another note, we must win this game because our next two games may not be as easy on paper…

    This game will be interesting because Burnley will give us a real physical test. Will be nice if we respond to that test

  5. Rasp says:

    Thanks RC …. the tension is mounting already …. it seems like every game is a mwg with the level of opposition these days

  6. Adelaja Ojudun says:

    The game against Burnley will be a tough one, because they play more physical and long ball, which may be too tough for our defenders but with inclusion of David Luiz the pressure will be reduce

  7. Rasp says:

    Ant and Chas …. where are our beer and crisps pics? 😂

  8. Ant says:

  9. Ant says:

    Upper tier today Fred

  10. Rasp says:

    Top work ant, great to get back to the proper football experience again 👍

  11. RockyLives says:

    Thanks RC

    That’s a decent looking team. I hope Luiz starts, but I would not be disheartened if we went with the back four of AMN-Sok-Chambo-Monreal.

    Another win would set us up nicely for the two tougher games coming up.

  12. RC78 says:

    It s very possible that Emery names the same team as last week with a back 4 but I thought that he so likes to adapt to the opposition that he could maybe mix things up a bit… Let s c.

    We need to win at least 16 games at home if we want to have a chance to make it to the top 4. Home form is so important. I hope the first of the minimum 16 home wins comes un tomorrow.

  13. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RC. Away at present so on the phone and for some reason your team is not coming up, so I cant see it.

    I have championed the 3-5-2 for us in the past but with the new players and emerging players I think the 4-3-3 is our strongest line up.

    Although we should be looking to impose on Burnley in the main I believe in giving the opposition some respect and if their LFB is dangerous with assists then cutting out the supply would be useful. A FB in a back 4 will be better at that than a WB and a back 3.

    Our middle 3 can be tweaked and rotated to make it more attacking or more defensively solid according to the game and opposition. Burnley at home should be different to Liverpool away.

    I said for Pool away the 3 should be Luiz, Willock and Torreira. Today I would have Luiz with one from Torreira or Willock and one from Ceballos and Ozil all behind our front 3.

    The other plus of having a ball playing centre back like Luiz at holding midfield is that he can drop back into CB if he sees danger and the need to, say for instance if we are facing a counter attack down our left and AMN is caught out further up the pitch and one of the other CB’s has to move across to intercept.

  14. fred1266 says:

    nice to see no Xhaka

  15. Red Arnie says:

    Thank you, RC, good call. 🙂 Knot ear, apols. All to play for. COYRRG. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Look forward to more of the Ant-n-Chas show. 🙂

  16. RA says:

    Excellento to see Ant and the Duck looking really up for the game!

    Any chance of a game report from either of you? Please.

    I was so lax last week, (too much blogging because of the Rocket) that I have had to give up Saturday, and probably most of Sunday to catch up on my work. So updates on AA would be most gratefully received! 😎😎 (I have shades too, Chas). 👍

    [Don’t mix up Luiz and Douzy] 😜

  17. Rasp says:

    Loving Luiz and Ceballos so far

  18. Rasp says:

    Luiz acting like a proper leader on the pitch, marshalling the defence.

  19. RA says:

    You are right, Rasper, and it is good to see — but I still hate all the dribbling in and just outside the area by our defence.

    [Having my lunch!] 😜

  20. GoonerB says:

    Very good game so far and Burnley showing they will be no pushovers this season. There workrate and pressing is impressive. We could do with winning a few more of the first headers into our box

  21. Rasp says:

    We haven’t seen a player with Ceballos’ close control for a long time

  22. RA says:

    Spot on, GB, and have to say that Ceballos is really growing on me — another Santi?? 🤪

  23. GoonerB says:

    Ceballos indeed looking impressive RA. Already starting to feel gutted that he is only ours for a year.

    As I write…..oh poo. Maybe RC was right in needing another CB with a back 3…..or maybe bring on Chambers and push Luiz just ahead.

  24. RA says:

    Disappointing goal to give away. Still thinking about the disallowed goal and not covering the winger. 😒

  25. RA says:

    We really need a ‘proper’ right back.

  26. GoonerB says:

    This is a good test for us. Burnley looking very dangerous with direct and set play. Arguably the best at that type of game of any team below the top 6.

    We need to find a way of overcoming this type of play.

  27. fred1266 says:

    On comes Mr Sue

  28. Rasp says:

    Ceballos …. what a player!

  29. LB are you sure you don’t want to wax lyrical about Ceballos?

  30. Rasp says:

    We are top of the league … say we are top of the league 😂

  31. allezkev says:

    It’s making me dizzy 🙂

  32. RC78 says:

    Was tough as expected. Wasn’t pretty. Luiz and Ceballos did well

  33. Sue says:

    Loved that! How good was Ceballos!!! Superb! Luiz was pretty damn good too!
    You can always rely on Auba! What a goalscoring machine!! Kola’s back… 3 points! And loved walking back to the tube singing We are top of the league & what do you think of Tottenham! Perfect….. well done boys 🥰

  34. JM says:

    Dani Ceballos with his MotM, rightfully deserved.

  35. fred1266 says:

    Lol ok ants looking for you

  36. fred1266 says:

    Unlucky on the goal it deflected straight to Barnes

  37. John Mathews legend says:

    Enjoyed that..
    Ceballos looks the biz, and Luiz brought something positive to the defence. He even looks good in the Arsenal shirt, not goofy as he did in the chav one. Pepe will be fantastic once he’s had a few games.
    Youngsters played well, what’s not to like?
    Crowd sounded lively on my (perfect) stream.

  38. LBG says:

    The new Stoke, and Mike D*** got exactly what they deserved. Dani has the first touch and turn of Santi and the grit of Flamini.
    Willock and Ouzi thoroughly deserving of their places. Reiss gaining in confidence and tracking back. Daviiid secure and strong when required.
    A thoroughly enjoyable first home game, improved only if Mike D*** had dropped dead. Not really……changed my mind…..really

  39. Ant says:

    No-one can match one of Fred’s match reports. Quality journalism of Sunday Sport standard

  40. Sue says:

    Was soooo lively where I was sat… my hands are so sore from all that clapping & my voice is on the way out 😂

  41. Ant says:

  42. Mike M says:

    Great result and an exciting performance in the sense thatit seemed different to the last few years. maybe I’m (we’re) fitting a narrative to our hopes for the season but it just felt different. I sat through the entire game expecting us to win and hoping we wouldn’t draw. Most games in recent history have felt the opposite. Don’t want to dwell on the missing players too much but I loved the midfield work rate ( Ceballos !!!!!!!! and don’t forget Joe W !!) and I think Chambers was a little unlucky if he was dropped but Luiz played well except for the goal. Even ‘though he was unlucky with the deflection, he was a yard behind the line. Also I love that we’re a work in progress with a direction and a squad that looks capable of it. Go Goooooooooooooooooners !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Hi all

    Just back from the game ……. really enjoyed that ……. what a player we have in Dani Ceballos 😁😁😁

    Anyone fancy writing a report and some player ratings for tomorrow’s post?

  44. Mike M says:

    I’m sure there’ll be a line of volunteers but I’d be happy to.

  45. Thanks Mike, I was thinking of pinching your comment but if you want to write more and add some player ratings that would be great 😁

  46. fred1266 says:

    Were u in lower or upper tier Sue lpl

  47. fred1266 says:

    What I say from ceballos is what I want from mesut, still find the ref allowed to much fouling and we always a inch away from a perfect fast break

  48. LB says:

    A win is a win is a win as they say, we are still a work in progress but there was a lot to like about today’s performance.

    Ceballos will get the majority of the plaudits and rightly so; he has that touch of the Spanish matador about him, gracefully allowing the Burnley bulls to charge past, confused as to where the ball is which remains fully in his control at his feet. There is the deft pass of Fabregas about him and the shimmy of Cazorla and when Ozil comes back in for Willock the fire work display is going to be more spectacular than any of us have seen in many, many a year.
    Ooooh to be…………..

    You mean that kind of waxing?

    Well done Mike, top man.

  49. LB says:

    Other positives that I did not expect.

    Lacazette has been making runs for the last two seasons and no one has had the ability to play a long ball for him to run onto.

    Well that changed with the first kick that Luiz made at the home of football, it didn’t come off in the sense that a goal wasn’t scored but why oh why hasn’t this been done before?

    When were we last dangerous from corners, the nineties maybe? Back to everyones new hero — Dani (I am on first name terms already) was sending corner kicks across that were scaring the life out of Burnley.

    Pepe, still adjusting but he made more impact in five minutes of coming on than Nelson did in the whole of the first half. I am so excited about this signing he really does look the DBs.

    “We need a proper right back” We already have one but he is injured that is why we are using a make shift in AMN. Think this through people, what are the club to do, spend 30mil for someone who will just sit on the bench when HB returns or do people think that we could get an upgrade on HB and expect the Spaniard to sit on the bench for the foreseeable future, it just aint going to happen — patience people, patience.

  50. Sue says:

    Upper, Fred 😉

  51. Sue says:

    Boom!! Sergio!!! 2 assists for KDB… 👌

  52. LB says:

    And another positive: I was so pleased to see how much license Freddy has been given to get involved. I am so used to to seeing Steve Bould glued to his seat which was an instruction clearly first given to him by AW, it must have been an instruction because I remember SB being quite animated on the touch line when he first got the role and then all of a sudden, nothing, rigid in his chair, ok even he jumped up when we scored against spuds but in general, very, very reserved. This continued when UE took over and I expected Freddy to be under the same instruction but no, up was Freddy pointing and encouraging, all good as far as I am concerned.

  53. kelsey says:

    Would you buy any of the new shirts for a player on a one season loan ?
    Hard fought victory and small signs that the defence is improving but one has to allow for so many new faces in the squad. I think we would all agree on man of the match.(Oh Dani boy) He is class you can’t teach that and Pepe given time is going to be an awesome talent.
    How can two players be on 24/7 security at home, then both train yesterday and today one plays and the other is ill but sitting in the stands. Football is a huge business and if your highest paid employer only turns up for work a proportion of his contract time it just can’t be sustained.

  54. Aaron says:

    Well that was fun, everyone knew what type of team burnley field, lump it up all day long, score, and slow the game down to a crawl. They were fortunate on their goal though, but did have some headed chances which was to be expected.

    Ceballos was technically superb to watch. Really enjoyed the fizzer across our own goal by Luiz, AMN made no big mistakes, and is composed on the ball, Nelson scored, too bad it came back, Willock with solid positioning most of the time, and the crew up front-wow! Leno with reaction saves that make a boxer look slow. Even some slick moves by Pepe with a nice pass to Auba in the open field.

    Thought the playing out the back is a work in progress, with some success, even if it did not come off everytime.

    Be interesting to see how Emery plays the next two weeks, excited and not absolutely confident either.

  55. LB says:


    They are trying to sell him, in fact my guess would be that the club are trying to sell both.

  56. Aaron says:

    $h*tTy have 29 shots to spuds 3 yet 2-2….Unreal….

  57. Aaron says:

    the rule is $h*te!

  58. Sue says:

    Urgh gutted…. Oh City… sigh……

  59. Aaron says:

    The positive is spuds and $h*tTy dropped 2 points and are looking up at the Arsenal.

  60. RockyLives says:

    So it sounds like we have a player on our hands in Ceballos…

    I didn’t see any of the game (bad timing for a house move) but reading the comments it all sounds pretty positive.

    If Ceballos really is a combo of Cesc and Santi (Fabzorla) then we’re going to be enjoying some fun times.

  61. LBG says:

    “One of the best debuts you will ever see” in the Premier League.
    Astounding descriptions of Dani today from reporters.
    Have we got ourselves a real diamond, and which Spaniard takes the credit, just as interesting?

  62. Jack says:

    Awesome performance from Ceballos and a good impact from Pepe. Auba and Laca are still perfect strikers.

  63. fred1266 says:

    Ozil for willock u do know they play 2 different positions right LB

  64. fred1266 says:

    Nice hope Ants and Chas didn’t make to much noise

  65. fred1266 says:

    Hmm I actually wanted city to drop points today

  66. Sue says:

    Oh Fred, against them though…..I was gutted!

  67. LB says:


    I am on my knees, a humbled man.

  68. LB says:

    Where the hell is Slim; he is my compass at these times.

  69. LBG says:

    Fred 9.30
    They play differently, but in similar position!!

  70. LB says:

    Ahhh, I have just noticed that there is one on the line.

    Hahahaha Fred, you should know better.

    Think about it Fred and cast your mind back to the times of Ozil and Cazorla and you will see where I am coming from.

    Willock was ok today but he wasn’t as good as I expected and not so commanding that he guaranteed a starting place in the next game.

  71. fatgingergooner says:

    Well, I actually found myself enjoying watching Arsenal today. When Wenger left, it was clear the team needed a new identity and had lost its way, but today it felt like we may had found it again. It wasn’t perfect, and we are still very much a work in progress, but the age profile of the team and the enthusiasm with which this group play gives us real cause for excitement. We saw a glimpse into the future with Geundouzi and Willock pairing up in midfield. We had a look at the present with Pepe and Ceballos showing what they can bring to an already world class forward line (such a shame that we’ve only got the Spaniard for 12 months). Plus, we are even getting a helping hand from the past with Ljungberg influencing things on the sideline. It’s exciting times at Arsenal, and I don’t even think a poor result next time out against a good Liverpool side should dampen the spirits.

    As for the game, absolutely no issue with passing out from the back. It’s the modern game and it’s something we must continue use to do and improve upon if we are to take the next steps. There will be the odd mistake and maybe even the odd goal conceded, but I remember laughing at Pep when City buggered it up a few times on his arrival and look at them now. We must stick with it.

    Luiz had a good first game but I do have a slight concern with some of his headed clearances. Too often they were to the edge of the box and to feet rather than being up and wide. It’s only a matter of time before an opposition player rifles one of his headed clearances into the back of the net from the edge of the box. He needs to sort that out. I loved his enthusiasm and his covering ability when we looked in trouble a couple of times, plus his distribution will be a massive bonus for us in an attacking sense. He’s also got some physical presence in and around both boxes which we need.

    The energy in the middle from Geundouzi, Willock and Ceballos was fantastic, and even more enjoyable was their willingness to defend. Burnley is always a game where you have to earn the right to play, and we managed to get through a tough first 45 minutes reasonably u scathed and as they tired we started to dominate more. It was a long battle in midfield but after the hour mark we dominated for the most part. Fair play to the 3 young lads who could easily have been bullied but these days are made from strinfer stuff.

    Auba and Laca are world class. No doubt about that. They had 2 decent chances each today and both grabbed a goal. (Laca header tipped over, Auba strike at the keeper when put through by Pepe). That’s clinical and exactly what we need given that our defence isn’t rock solid just yet. Hopefully they can keep it up.

    Pepe showed glimpses of his dribbling but as I said when we signed him, the thing that impressed me most in what I’ve seen of him is his vision for a pass. The ball into Auba that forced Pope into a good save was fantastic and I cannot wait to watch this guy once he gets a real understanding going with our strikers. He’s going to create and score a ton of goals.

    Ceballos was so good today. An absolute joy to watch. As many have already said, he’s got similarities to Cazorla in the way he holds onto the ball. Having only seen him a couple of times I don’t have the trust in him yet that I had in Santi and I do feel he could have a mistake or 2 in him (losing the ball in bad areas), but if he carries on like today it won’t be longer before I trust him 100%. I hope we’ve saved the £100m it’s going to cost to buy him after this loan!!! 😂

    It’s only Newcastle and Burnley, so I don’t want to get too excited, but the signs are really promising and the energy in the team is like a breath of fresh air. Liverpool away might be a bit too soon for us, but we should be looking forward to that game and to the rest of the season with anticipation. We haven’t even got close to playing well yet. Imagine what will happen when we do…

  72. fatgingergooner says:

    Sean Dyche becoming the new Tony Pulis. Whinging about diving again. He obviously doesn’t watch his own players because they do it aswell. As much as I hate to say it, it’s part of football now. The rule makers allowed it to happen and now it’s here to stay. Can we complain though? England national teams at all age levels are doing as well as they’ve ever done and in part it’s because they’ve learned the dark arts and now it’s a more level playing field. We’ve always had talented players and teams in this country but we were far too honest. The introduction of foreign players, managers and coaches has certainly changed all that and I think we are better for it.

    Diving is terrible and it makes the game a laughing stock in comparison to other sports, but Dyche is just showing his naivety if he thinks whinging about it is doing him or his team any good. Nobody cares, nobody is listening, and times have moved on. Unfortunately.

  73. fatgingergooner says:


  74. fred1266 says:

    Willock can play as CAM but today he played as CDM no way ozil can play CDM he can barely even play CAM properly

  75. fatgingergooner says:

    I enjoyed the fluidity of our midfield 3 today. There were times when Willock went forward and Geundouzi dropped and vice-versa, but there were also times when Ceballos would drop in between them and allow them to move forward. It certainly made me think of all those times when I watched Wilshere and Ramsey caught in front of the ball when we lost it and the opposition were straight onto our back 4. In the first 2 games I can’t think of a single occasion when that has happened and it makes me very happy!!! 😂

    I’ve just watched through the game again and we definitely sustained attacks far better second half. Pepe was drifting inside which occupied Cork in midfield and I think our fullbacks were able to get higher up the field which meant we outnumbered them across the middle. All of a sudden we were able to win the ball back quicker and pin them in their half. I think that was as much down to them tiring as anything tactical we did, but it certainly worked.

    Got to give a bit of praise to Monreal too. I know Tierney has come in and Kolasinac isn’t trusted (we went to wing backs when he came on), but I think Monreal has been excellent first 2 games both in attack and defence. He made some excellent attacking runs today and was unlucky not to get an assist. Whatever I think of him as a CB, he’s still a very good LB.

    I noticed AMN was happy to come inside and play as a HM when Willock went forward. It’s something that City do well with their full backs and I think AMN did some good covering work that may have gone unnoticed. It did lead to him being caught out of position at times when the ball went over his head to the left wing, but he has the pace to recover so it’s not all that bad. Due to his positioning there were at least 2 occasions today that he ended up in the left half of the field (he crossed from the LW at one point!). I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Bellerin do that in all the games he’s played for the Gunners. Is it a good thing? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly an indication that he’s not a natural RB and maybe he sees himself as a more central player.

  76. fatgingergooner says:

    If we could have one player in the PL at Arsenal I’d choose Kevin De Bruyne. What a player he is. Plus he ginger…..😂

  77. fred1266 says:

    If ozil would take his foot out his ass we wouldn’t need KDB

  78. VP says:

    Fred, have you misplaced your happy pills today?

  79. LBG says:

    What a clear and accurate assessment of the game.
    Agree totally with extra comments on Nacho so far this season and yesterday in particular, plus the observations on Ainsley.
    Fred, sorry dont agree either that Willock played defensive midfield, other than rarely to collect from back four, yesterday or that that is his position. He should compete at the attacking head of the diamond for a place in the team with Smith-Rowe and/or AM-N ( and Micky and Mesut, if we must).
    Ouzi, and progressively more and more as the game went on, Dani were the defensive midfielders!

  80. Sue says: your KDB comment 👍😄

  81. Sue says:

    Ramsey made his first appearance for Juve last night.. albeit just 20 minutes… I thought he was still injured! Their league starts next week, so will defo keep an eye on it (on hesgoal, if it’s on there) just to see if he plays and how he does!

  82. fgg – if I hadn’t already had a promise of a match report from Mike I would have snitched your comment for today’s post. Excellent assessment.

    Love a ginger me 😁

  83. Rasp says:

    Morning all …

    … New post …

  84. fred1266 says:

    No jus starting mesut can do anything kdb can do if he woke just simple concentrate

  85. fred1266 says:

    Ok I think so Dani came deep just to collect the ball so don’t think he played as DM

    So u are saying willock was the more attacking one of the 3 I saw it more like he was the cdm and was given the freedom to attack

    One reason I don’t think mesut candidates do what willock does his on the defensive size

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