Paul Merson sends warning to Arsenal about Burnley clash
The Arsenal legend has some advice for Arsene Wenger's men ahead of their trip to Burnley
Paul Merson has warned Arsene Wenger that his Arsenal squad need to turn up at Burnley or risk an embarrassing loss.
The Gunners were impressive 2-0 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
Arsenal outfought their bitter rivals and sealed three points thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger’s men managed to raise their game for the derby clash but Arsenal have struggled with consistency in the current campaign.
The Gunners have lost at Stoke City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford this season to leave Arsenal with four points from six away games.
Burnley are level on points with Arsenal in the Premier League table following a 3-2 win at Chelsea before stalemates with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson warned Wenger’s side that it would be foolish to underestimate Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
“These are the type of games where Arsenal prove themselves,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Man City go and wipe the floor with these teams, but you just don’t know what will happen with Arsenal.
“If Arsene Wenger’s side don’t turn up, they won’t grind out a 1-0 win. It’s all about consistency with Arsenal, the magic one. The win over Spurs should change the attitude of some of players, you’d like to think so, but you can’t find two games that are more chalk and cheese; home to Tottenham and away at Burnley.
“The fans were up for it, under pressure to perform, they rub their faces in it. Now it’s Burnley, who won’t leave anything on that pitch. Spurs did, big players didn’t turn up.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 and have struggled to challenge for the title over the past decade or so.
The Gunners have won three FA Cups in the past four seasons to dominate the competition.
Wenger’s men signed Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window.