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Arsene Wenger believes Burnley will survive in the Premier League this season after admitting his Arsenal side were lucky to beat the Clarets earlier in the campaign.

The Gunners welcome Sean Dyche's outfit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they look to keep within reasonable reach of the leaders in the fight for the title.

Burnley occupied 10th spot going into the weekend but have taken just one point away from Turf Moor so far this season - although that was a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Manchester United.

Wenger's men are just one of three sides to leave Burnley with maximum points after Laurent Koscielny bundled home an injury-time winner, with replays suggesting not only was the France international offside but that the ball went in off his elbow.

Until that point in the game Burnley had held their own against the Gunners and Wenger reckons he saw enough in October to suggest Dyche can prevent an instant return to the Championship for the first time in Burnley's Premier League history.

"It was the game where we have maybe been the most lucky because Koscielny touched the ball with his hand for the goal," said Wenger.

"I must say we were very close to drawing and maybe even losing the game because they had one or two chances from set-pieces with Sam Vokes.

"When we came out of the game I thought, 'They will not go down', because of their spirit and organisation. They have strong points there and they accept that they will give you the ball.

"Not many teams do that and keep their focus. They say, 'okay, from the start of the game you have the ball but we might try to kill you at some stage'. You need a special spirit to do that.

"Once you have 10 years in the Premier League, you have the pressure to do a bit more. In the first year, everybody accepts you will do that and that makes them dangerous because they are good at it and they accept it all together. That makes it efficient."

Wenger welcomes back Kieran Gibbs, Hector Bellerin and Francis Coquelin into his squad for the clash as the trio have recovered from recent injuries.

But captain Per Mertesacker is still some distance away from a return having not played this season following a serious knee injury, while Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mathieu Debuchy also remain sidelined and Mohamed Elneny is at the African Nations Cup with Egypt.

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick believes a change in fortune is well overdue for his side on their travels as they look to improve their dismal away record.

"We've come off the pitch away from home and even though we've been beaten we've had a good feeling because the performances have been better," the Republic of Ireland international said.

"The first thing we needed to do was to start playing more like ourselves when we're on the road, and we've definitely done that in the last few games, and the next step is to pick up the points."

The Clarets' performances in particular at Turf Moor are causing many to reconsider their pre-season status as relegation favourites and while Hendrick remains understandably cautious he insisted it was time to look ahead with optimism.

"I don't think you can look too far down now - we're 10th for a reason," he added.

"We've put in the performances and we've worked hard to get the points. Now we've got to kick on and keep putting in the performances and get as many points as we can."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche should be boosted by the return from injury of Ashley Barnes, Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson for the trip to north London, although Scott Arfield is expected to miss out again due to a knee injury.

Arsenal (4) v Burnley (10)

Arsene Wenger is expected to welcome a trio of players back into his squad. Hector Bellerin (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (knee) and Francis Coquelin (hamstring) are all set to be in contention for a return to the side and Olivier Giroud is fit despite being forced off during the win at Swansea with an ankle issue. Theo Walcott (calf), Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Per Mertesacker (knee) and Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring) all remain sidelined while midfielder Mohamed Elneny is at the African Nations Cup with Egypt.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is set for a triple injury boost with Ashley Barnes, Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson all back in contention. All three missed the midweek FA Cup replay win over Sunderland due to minor knocks but are expected to pass late fitness tests. Scott Arfield is expected to miss out again after suffering a knee injury in the original Sunderland fixture, while James Tarkowski could come into contention after an impressive display on Tuesday night.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Arsenal L W W D W; Burnley L W W L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 16; Andre Gray (Burnley) 6

Match odds: H 2-9 A 12-1 D 5-1

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

Chelsea (1) v Hull (18)

Striker Diego Costa is fit to return from a back injury. Costa missed last weekend's win at Leicester amid speculation over his future and interest from China, but Blues boss Antonio Conte says he is committed to the cause. Captain John Terry is available again following suspension, but is likely to be a substitute at best.

Hull winger Robert Snodgrass has been forced to sit out training this week due to a muscle strain and will be monitored by head coach Marco Silva, who has no other new injury worries. Jake Livermore's £10million move to West Brom was completed on Friday morning, while recent signings Oumar Niasse and Evandro could make their full debuts. Midfielder David Meyler is hoping to be in contention after returning to training.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last five league matches: Chelsea W W W L W; Hull L L D L W

Top scorers (all competitions): Diego Costa (Chelsea) 14; Robert Snodgrass (Hull) 9

Match odds: H 2-11 A 16-1 D 11-2

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Southampton (13) v Leicester (15)

Ryan Bertrand and Virgil van Dijk are set to be recalled by Southampton after missing Wednesday's 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay defeat of Norwich. Manager Claude Puel is, however, still without the injured Steven Davis (knock), Jeremy Pied (knee), Matt Targett (hamstring), Alex McCarthy (hamstring), Sofiane Boufal (knee) and Charlie Austin (shoulder). He will also not consider Jose Fonte for selection while the central defender's future remains uncertain.

Leonardo Ulloa will miss out for Leicester as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury. The striker has handed in a transfer request following an offer from Spanish side Alaves but the Premier League champions want to keep the 30-year-old. Defender Luis Hernandez is in Spain to finalise a move to Malaga but boss Claudio Ranieri has no fresh injury worries.

Last season: Leicester 1 Southampton 0, Southampton 2 Leicester 2

Last five league matches: Southampton W L L L L; Leicester D L W D L

Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (Southampton) 9; Riyad Mahrez & Islam Slimani (Leicester) 7

Match odds: H 17-20 A 10-3 D 12-5

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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