Burnley have not beaten Arsenal in the league since 1974 and the Gunners should finish top of the Premier League this weekend


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Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates stadium on Saturday afternoon and will be rightly feeling extremely confident.

Fans and players know victory against Sean Dyche’s side – live on talkSPORT – will put them top of the table for a few hours at least.

Unai Emery could be about to lead Arsenal to the top of the Premier League

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Unai Emery could be about to lead Arsenal to the top of the Premier League

However, history suggests they could well stay there until the third round of fixtures.

Burnley have not beaten Arsenal in a league game since 1974, when Peter Noble struck to secure a 1-0 win over the Gunners at Highbury in the First Division.

Since then, the Clarets have played Arsenal 13 times in the league and managed just three draws, losing the rest.

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In the last three games alone, the Gunners have scored 11 goals and conceded two – much to the frustration of Dyche.

If Arsenal continue this trend, it will not only mean a 100 per cent start, but a healthy return of their goal difference would take them right to the top of the table.

Liverpool visit Southampton on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, a ground they barely managed to scrape a win at last season. If Jurgen Klopp’s men slip up, Arsenal’s position at the top of the table will be safe.

Similarly, Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad in the late kick off (another game you can hear exclusively live on talkSPORT). The Citizens secured a 1-0 league win over Spurs at home last season, shortly after narrowly winning a classic 4-3 tie in the Champions League, which saw the north Londoners progress on away goals.

Arsene Wenger’s last home game as Arsenal manager came against Burnley in May 2018

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Arsene Wenger’s last home game as Arsenal manager came against Burnley in May 2018

Another close affair in Manchester will mean Arsenal would simply have to have a better goal difference to stay ahead of the current champions, who began the season by thrashing West Ham 5-0.

Which would then leave Manchester United as the only side who could possibly take back top spot in the Premier League. The Red Devils hit four unanswered goals past Chelsea on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford in a devastating counter-attacking display.

But they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday evening and the omens are not good. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took his side down to the Black Country twice last season, losing both the Premier League clash and an FA Cup quarter final.

Of course, this entire set of circumstances hinges on Arsenal scoring the goals to actually boost their goal difference enough after a 1-0 win over Newcastle in their opening fixture.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already off and running for the Premier League season

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already off and running for the Premier League season

But they have just the man for the job in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international has scored six goals from just three games against Burnley and ensured he shared the Golden Boot last season with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah by netting twice at Turf Moor on the final day of last season.

With club record signing Nicolas Pepe in line to make his first start for the club after an appearance from the bench on Sunday, the Gunners could well run riot once again against Burnley.

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