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Why Takehiro Tomiyasu misses Arsenal vs Burnley as five players in line for debuts

Why Takehiro Tomiyasu misses Arsenal vs Burnley as five players in line for debuts

Ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Burnley, the Gunners released their lineup and it was largely as expected, with one major omission.

As 101 reported earlier today, Takehiro Tomiyasu misses out with an injury that saw him withdraw from the Japanese national squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, something that Arsenal have since confirmed.

Aside from that, however, it is an unchanged side to that which struggled against Liverpool on Thursday, with Martin Odegaard once more operating in a deep lying role alongside Sambi Lokonga.

Both concerningly and excitingly, as many as five players on Arsenal’s 9 man bench are eligible to make their Premier League debuts this afternoon, with four in line for their first senior action should they be called upon against Sean Dyche’s side.

Arsenal need a win

Arsenal are in desperate need of their first win of 2022, having fallen as low as seventh in the Premier League despite not having played in the Premier League since New Years Day, when they fell to a stoppage-time 2-1 loss to Manchester City.

So tight is the race for the top four, however, that a win over Burnley combined with Tottenham dropping points to Chelsea later would take them back into 4th place, with a game in hand on Manchester United and two games in hand on West Ham.

With Burnley currently bottom of the league, there is no excuse for Arsenal not winning in front of an Emirates crowd and taking another step in the right direction for European football this season.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 36 72 89
2 Liverpool FC 36 65 86
3 Chelsea FC 36 42 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 24 68
5 Arsenal FC 36 11 66
6 Manchester United 37 1 58
7 West Ham United 36 11 55
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -3 50
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -4 47
10 Leicester City 35 -4 45
11 Crystal Palace 35 4 44
12 Aston Villa 35 -1 43
13 Brentford FC 36 -8 43
14 Newcastle United 36 -21 43
15 Southampton FC 36 -20 40
16 Everton FC 35 -19 36
17 Burnley FC 36 -18 34
18 Leeds United 36 -38 34
19 Watford FC 36 -38 23
20 Norwich City 36 -56 21

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 21
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11
Maddison, James Leicester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 10
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 10