The likes of Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz have walked through the door at Arsenal to give their squad some added freshness.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s side will be feeling good going into the game off the back of their 3-0 triumph over Saints and will be eager to beat Arsenal for the first time in over ten years.
But where will the game be won and lost? talkSPORT.com has identified THREE key battles which could decide how things go between Arsenal and Burnley.
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David Luiz vs Ashley Barnes
It’s likely Arsenal will hand centre-back Luiz his debut for the Gunners, who were in desperate need of improving their defence this summer.
Burnley at home is arguably an ideal time to give a new signing a run-out although there are no easy games in the Premier League.
Luiz is likely to come up against a striker in Barnes who will be feeling very confident going into the game.
Barnes scored a brace in the win over Southampton and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Luiz, who is sometimes erratic in defence.
The striker could also latch himself onto Luiz’s likely centre-back partner Sokratis Papastathopolous, who has his limitations.
However, if Arsenal’s defence can keep Barnes and Chris Wood quiet then it’ll be a long afternoon for Burnley.
Nicolas Pepe vs Erik Pieters
Arsenal fans will be looking forward to seeing just what £72million signing Pepe can do for the club and it’s likely he’ll start this game.
The winger, 24, arrives from Lille with plenty of pedigree and Burnley left-back Pieters will have to be at the very top of his game to keep Pepe quiet.
It’s likely midfielders including Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork will track back to help Pieters out but as Pepe can also play on the left, Matthew Lowton may have to keep an eye on him too.
Pepe is likely to be a part of a dynamic front three with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette so it’ll be interesting to see how well they play together in their first outing.
If the trio are firing then the Clarets will have their work cut out.
Dani Ceballos vs Ashley Westwood and Jack Cork
Another new signing who could make his full Arsenal debut is midfielder Ceballos, who has joined on a season-long loan at Real Madrid.
Ceballos came on in the 64th minute against Newcastle but the Burnley game is likely to give Gooners a better idea of what they can look forward to over the next nine months.
Determined to stop the Spaniard from having a day to remember are Westwood and Cork, who are likely to be Burnley’s pairing in central midfield.
Don’t be surprised to see the two rough Ceballos up a bit during the early stages, especially because his experience with the physicality of English football is limited.
He’ll need the likes of Granit Xhaka or Matteo Guendouzi to protect him but if Ceballos can get some space and feed that potentially dangerous front line, then it should be an easy enough day for Arsenal.
The Premier League season may have been done and dusted for over a week now but clubs are still naming the winners of their Player of the Year awards.
Some aren’t too surprising with the usual superstars having smashing seasons, but a few men have risen to the top and become shock heroes at their sides.
No one would have expected Ryan Fraser to bag 14 assists, while Luke Shaw established himself as a regular at Old Trafford, there was even shock among Tottenham Hotspur fans that Heung-Min Son won their accolade and not the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko.
The duo, though, have done well this campaign and now earned the rewards for it.
It’s not just the PFA’s Player of the Year award that matters, the individual club honours mean a lot to recipients who are being credited for their consistent excellence over a single year.
But who are each Premier League club’s Player of the Year winners from the 2018/19 season? Find out below.
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AFC Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser
Fraser would have had strong competition from Callum Wilson, but he has deservedly picked up the prize. The Scotland international has been in remarkable form this season, scoring seven goals and registering 14 assists in the Premier League.
Lacazette has enjoyed a prolific season with Arsenal, netting 18 goals in all competitions. And despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, Arsenal fans believe Lacazette has been their star man this season.
The Frenchman scored three goals across two legs in Arsenal’s successful Europa League semi-final games against Valencia.
Brighton – Shane Duffy
In what’s been a testing season, Brighton’s centre-back partnership of Duffy and Lewis Dunk has helped drag them over the line to Premier League safety.
Duffy, who has chipped in with five goals, has been crucial to the Seagulls’ resolute defence, which helped them earn unlikely draws against Arsenal and Wolves in recent weeks.
Burnley – Ashley Westwood
Westwood has missed just four Premier League games this season and has been one of Burnley’s standout performers since the turn of the year.
He picked up the club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards.
Cardiff – Neil Etheridge
A fully deserved award by Cardiff’s goalkeeper in a season which will end in relegation.
Cardiff signed Alex Smithies in a £3.5million deal last summer which could have put Etheridge’s starting place at risk. However, the Philippines international played every minute of the Bluebirds’ Premier League season, which included three penalty saves.
He has also been the second busiest goalkeeper in the top-flight this term, making 141 saves.
Chelsea – Eden Hazard
Hazard is now a four-time winner of the club’s Player of the Year award. Who else was going to win it?
He has scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists for the Blues. If it is his farewell season, he will hope to bow out with a piece of silverware.
Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
This wouldn’t have surprised many Palace fans given Wan-Bissaka’s stunning breakthrough campaign.
He is second and third in the charts for most interceptions and tackles, respectively. His form has reportedly alerted the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.
At just 21, he will get even better with time.
Everton – Lucas Digne
Fulham – Yet to be announced
Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler
It has been a bleak season for Huddersfield, whose relegation to the Championship was confirmed more than six weeks ago.
They have won just three league games and accumulated 15 points. Only Fulham (81) have conceded more goals than Huddersfield (76) this season. Schindler, who scored the winning penalty in the 2017 Championship play-off final, has missed just one game in the 2018/19 campaign.
Leicester – Ricardo Pereira
The right-back has been one of Leicester’s most consistent players this season.
In his debut campaign in England, he has netted two goals and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances. He will be invaluable for the Foxes next term.
Liverpool – Yet to be announced
Manchester City – Bernardo Silva
Manchester United – Luke Shaw
In a season where United conceded 54 league goals – the most of any top-six side in England – it would seem odd to see a defender win this award. However, on a personal note, Shaw has had his best season in a Red Devils shirt.
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