Arsene Wenger: 'Burnley are Premier League's surprise package this season'

Arsene Wenger: 'Burnley are Premier League's surprise package this season'

"Before the season, if you'd asked 100 people if Burnley would have 22 points at this stage, 90 would have said no". The hosts have been able to win six times, draw four games and lose just twice.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his side that they will be coming up against the Premier League's surprise package when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Interestingly, the length of the pass or cross of headed goals scored for Arsenal is shorter than all other Premier League teams which perhaps pays testament to Wenger's intricate style of play, where the likes of Alexandre Lacazette nodded in his debut goal from a small Mohamed Elneny cross and Mesut Ozil has scored against Everton this season via a deft Alexis Sanchez effort.

Read on for all the latest team news heading into Sunday's Premier League clash, complete with live-stream and television information, as well as a match preview.

Arsene Wenger made 11 changes for Thursday's Europa League defeat at Cologne but his side at Turf Moor will likely resemble that which beat Tottenham in the north London derby last weekend.

Arsenal have won their last six meetings in all competitions against Burnley, including the last two in the Premier League at Turf Moor by a 1-0 scoreline. Both teams, every time they won the ball, went forward so the intensity was higher. Do Arsenal turn up?

The win wasn't enough to elevate Arsenal out of sixth position in the Premier League but they have closed the gap on the top four, with second to seventh in the league separated by just four points.

But if Arsenal match their enthusiasm early on, I can see them winning. Traditionally a hard place to go, Sean Dyche's group are a physically powerful side who will look to stem Arsenal's attacking flow throughout the game.

Wenger will hope that record continues on Sunday when Arsenal face a Burnley side who are also known for their physical qualities all over the pitch.

The New Zealander missed the 2-0 victory against the Swans last Saturday after travelling over 24,000 miles with his national side as they failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing to Peru.

"Every game gives you a different problem to sort out". Spurs did, big players didn't turn up.

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