On Sunday October 2nd Arsenal travels Burnley to play the seventh round of the Premier League 2016-17. If Arsenal would go on to clinch another win Wengers’ men would extend their winning streak to five games in a row.
All the major bookmaking companies have Arsenal as steep favorites to win the game against Burnley. Predictions from various betting blogs have the same idea. The offensive trio consisting of Iwobi, Sanchez and Walcott should be too much for the Burnley defense. Özil is providing assist as usual and if Arsenal can maintain possession throughout the game it should be another three points.
Real Madrid has the BBC (Benzema, Bale, Cristiano) and FC Barcelona has the MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Arsenal has the ISW (Iwobi, Sanchez, Walcott). It’s an ambitious comparison, but given the impressive displays as of late it’s hard not to be excited by the trios’ mobility and the excellent way they are linking up with each other.
Theo Walcott has been the one stealing the headlines as of late. The former wonder kid is now is now 27 years old and shows clear signs that he has the capacity to become the player we’ve always hoped. Walcott scored the second goal in the 1-4 win away against Hull City. He didn't feature in the League Cup against Nottingham Forest (0-4 win) but he found the net again when he scored the second goal in the impressive 3-0 win against Chelsea. Most recently he scored both goals in the Champions Leauge at the Emirates against Basel in a 2-0 victory. So needless to say Walcott is on a heater. Actually, it might even be unfair to call it a heater as that suggests that he’s on a temporary run. Walcott genuinely seems to be a better player than last season. It’s a bit ironic to say that Walcott can become a “late bloomer” as he became England's youngest ever senior football player aged 17 years and 75 days. But when you look at the contrast between a young promising 17-yearold Walcott and his recent performances, one could argue that it’s a fair point to make.
Alex Iwobi has been given the chance to play on the opposite side of Walcott. And he has been doing excellent. It’s hard not to be intrigued about Iwobi. The talented, aggressive and strong Iwobi has provided three assists in 218 minutes of play in this season of the Premier League. Iwobi is very attack-minded and sometimes he leaves Monreal exposed at the back, but against a team like Burnley that doesn't have the most threatening offensive qualities we should be all right.
Alexis Sanchez has also been doing great recently. He scored two goals against Hull City and bagged one goal and one assist against Chelsea. The last game against Basel he provided both assists to Theo Walcott in the 2-0 victory.
Plenty of options
Arsenal feels like a well-oiled machine at the moment. Even if the attacking trio up front won’t deliver on Sunday against Burnley we’ve got plenty of attacking threat in Mesut Özil, Santi Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Between them they have scored five goals and provided two assists this season in the Premier League.