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August 2021

Arsenal v Burnley: It is over 40 years since they beat us in the league

by Bulldog Drummond

As you most likely will have heard ahead of this game, Ozil and Kolasinac are both available to play in this match, but the general feeling is that they might not be starters. 

Meanwhile at the other end of the salary scale the Arsenal Youth website say that “Arsenal have confirmed that Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Emile Smith Rowe, Matt Macey and Eddie Nketiah are part of the first-team squad.   However, winger Gabriel Martinelli, who joined from Ituano this summer, is in the U23 squad.”

Meanwhile again, according to Football London Nigel Winterburn has hailed the signing of Dani Ceballos, calling him the ideal man to replace Aaron Ramsey.  FoLo also tell us that Mkhitaryan is about to be sold while the Mail is still certain that Ozil is off to DC United, telling us his agent is in the States discussing details.

So we are bearing that in mind.  Now, onto the background.

The last time Arsenal lost to Burnley in any competition, and in fact the only time Arsenal have lost to Burnley this century, was in a league cup match nearly 19 years ago.

The last time Arsenal lost to Burnley in the league was over 40 years ago when Bertie Mee was manager of Arsenal.  It was a time of rapid decline for us, as the manager became ever more entrenched in his military style confrontational approach concerning the players, and the top men who had given the club the League and Cup double in 1971 were allowed to leave, without quality replacements being found.  Arsenal were left struggling against the threat of relegation.

If we just take the Premier League years however we have ten games played against Burnley, with Arsenal winning nine and drawing one.  23 goals to the Arsenal and five to Burnley.  Here’s the history.

Date Game Res Score Competition
07 Sep 1974 Arsenal v Burnley L 0-1 Division One
22 Mar 1975 Burnley v Arsenal D 3-3 Division One
16 Aug 1975 Burnley v Arsenal D 0-0 Division One
20 Dec 1975 Arsenal v Burnley W 1-0 Division One
06 Jan 2008 Burnley v Arsenal W 0-2 FA Cup
02 Dec 2008 Burnley v Arsenal L 2-0 League Cup
08 Mar 2009 Arsenal v Burnley W 3-0 FA Cup
16 Dec 2009 Burnley v Arsenal D 1-1 Premier League
06 Mar 2010 Arsenal v Burnley W 3-1 Premier League
01 Nov 2014 Arsenal v Burnley W 3-0 Premier League
11 Apr 2015 Burnley v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
30 Jan 2016 Arsenal v Burnley W 2-1 FA Cup
02 Oct 2016 Burnley v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
22 Jan 2017 Arsenal v Burnley W 2-1 Premier League
26 Nov 2017 Burnley v Arsenal W 0-1 Premier League
06 May 2018 Arsenal v Burnley W 5-0 Premier League
22 Dec 2018 Arsenal v Burnley W 3-1 Premier League
12 May 2019 Burnley v Arsenal W 1-3 Premier League

That is 11 straight wins at the end, and we are of course hoping to make it 12.

Last season Burnley faired modestly in the PL with 11 wins in the entire season and a goal difference at the end of minus 23.

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Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
15 Burnley 38 11 7 20 45 68 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 9 12 17 45 65 -20 39
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 38 9 9 20 35 60 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 10 4 24 34 69 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 7 5 26 34 81 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 3 7 28 22 76 -54 16

Away from home it was even less impressive, as they got just four wins.

Pos Team     P W D L F A GD Pts
13 Newcastle United 19 4 8 7 18 23 -5 P0
14 Burnley 19 4 5 10 21 36 -15 17
15 Southampton 19 4 4 11 18 35 -17 16

More thoughts on the game in the morning.


Meanwhile, on a personal note, the Untold team is off to a rather special birthday bash which is being held at a farmhouse where, we are told, there is no broadband, and so we might be a little slow at clearing some comments.  Regular commentators should not be inconvenienced, and we are hoping there won’t be much of an interruption to the flow of things at all, but we’d like to apologise in advance if any comments do get held up.  It’s just a one off.  Honest.

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