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Xhaka dropped as Balogun starts – The Arsenal lineups Mikel Arteta should choose vs Burnley

Arsenal welcome fans back to the Emirates for their Premier League game against Burnley on Sunday.

The Gunners will be hoping the extra support can give them the boost they require after three home losses on the bounce in the league.

They currently sit 15th and have scored just 10 in 11 matches. Their opponents are one of just three sides to have netted less in the division.

That is in total contrast to their Europa League form though, where the Gunners second string XI have managed 20 goals in just six matches, and became the only side in Europe to have a 100% group stage record with a 4-2 victory over Dundalk on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal need to win games “immediately”, so who will he pick to help him do so? Below football.london ‘s Arsenal experts name the sides they’d pick on Sunday afternoon.

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Mikel Arteta has been consistently let down by his senior pros in the league thus far, so Sunday might be a chance for him to give the youngsters an opportunity.

Leno will start in goal after Runar Alex Runarsson’s unconvincing showing on Thursday night. In front of him I wouldn’t change the back four from the Spurs defeat, despite Hector Bellerin’s recent difficulty with throw ins.

Midfield is where I believe the Gunners need the most immediate change and I would like to see players who are more content with the ball on the floor. Having Xhaka and Ceballos spray the ball out wide for Kieran Tierney and Bellerin to lob it in for 90 minutes simply won’t work as Burnley are a side who love defending crosses.

Instead a three of Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland Niles and Joe Willock should be given a go from the off. Elneny is perfectly capable of screening the back four as it is unlikely that Burnley will be able to counter attack with too much threat. Willock and Maitland-Niles in a three will look to get forward into the box where possible which is what Arsenal need if they are to break down Sean Dyche’s stubborn defence.

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