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Arsenal team news: Expected XI vs Burnley as Partey, Pepe, Saka and Aubameyang all start

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Arsenal return to Premier League action after almost a week off as they take on Burnley today (12.30pm kick-off) looking for a win that would move them seven points off of fourth-placed Chelsea with 11 games to go of the campaign. The Gunners injected life into their slim Champions League hopes with victory at Leicester last weekend despite the likes of Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starting on the bench. Express Sport looks at how the Gunners could line up against Burnley this afternoon.

Goalkeeper: Leno

No shocks in goal, with German shot-stopper Bernd Leno the undoubted No 1 whenever available.

The 29-year-old had pretty little to do last time out but made some solid stops whenever called upon against Leicester.

Arteta spoke up the competition offered to Leno by January loan signing Mat Ryan last month after the Australian made his debut while his fellow shot-stopper was suspended.

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“I really like the way he reacted because conceding that goal on your debut so early, and still reacting the way he did showed a lot of character from him,” Arteta said of Ryan.

“That is why we brought him here because he has to be an option and he has to keep pushing Bernd.”

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Defence: Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney

At right-back, Cedric Soares played well against Leicester but Hector Bellerin should return as the favoured first-choice.

To his left, David Luiz should keep his spot as the right-sided centre-back having produced an excellent display at the King Power Stadium.

Pablo Mari partnered him well and should start over Gabriel Magalhaes for the third straight match.

Kieran Tierney will then maintain his starting spot at left-back to complete the back four after getting back to his troublesome attacking best at Leicester.

Midfield: Partey, Xhaka

Thomas Partey sat it out for Mohamed Elneny in the previous match but there’s no doubting that the Ghanaian is the better player.

He should therefore return to the starting line-up after appearances off of the bench against Benfica and Leicester in the past two games.

While Willian produced a much-needed bright performance last weekend, Saka has been Arsenal’s best player this season and surely returns to the side on the right-hand flank, though he and Pepe can interchange.

After Emile Smith Rowe succumbed to injury with a muscular injury last time out, Martin Odegaard replaces the academy graduate as the team’s No 10.

Arteta would then have Lacazette, Willian and Gabriel Martinelli among his options to fall back on off the bench if Arsenal are frustrated by their hosts.

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Predicted Arsenal XI vs Burnley (4-2-3-1): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Mari, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka; Pepe, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang

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