Bukayo Saka seeking to set a Premier League record against Burnley

Arsenal out to avoid equalling a 60-year-old unwanted record

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last five Premier League matches, scoring four and assisting two in these matches.

If he registers a goal or an assist Sunday evening against Burnley at the Emirates stadium, he would be the youngest player to do so in six consecutive appearances in the competition’s history, at 20 years 140 days.

He began with an assist in the Gunners’ 3-0 dismantling of Southampton at the Emirates stadium last month. He followed it up with another assist when Arsenal defeated West Ham United 2-0 also at the Emirates.

From provider he turned scorer in his next two games, scoring once in the 4-1 mauling of Leeds at Elland Road seven days before Christmas before hitting a brace in the 5-0 thumping of Norwich on Boxing Day at Carrow Road.

This year, the 20 year put Arsenal ahead in their 2-1 loss to Manchester City at the Emirates.

He has scored six goals and bagged four assists in 20 Premier League games so far this term.

Meanwhile Arsenal will be out to avoid equalling a 60-year-old unwanted record Sunday evening.

The Gunners are still winless since the turn of the year, losing three of their four games in all tournaments and exiting the FA Cup and EFL Cup within the space of a month.

Arsenal’s first game of 2022 saw them produce a solid display against reigning champions Manchester City, but goals from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez ultimately saw them fall to a 2-1 defeat.

Should Burnley manage to produce the goods in North London once again, it will mark the first time since 1962 that Arsenal have lost their first two home league games of the calendar year.

Furthermore, it has been 10 years since Arsenal lost their first two Premier League matches of the year, going down to Fulham and Swansea City away from home in the 2011-12 season.

Mikel Arteta’s side fell to a 1-0 loss at home to Burnley last season, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal settling the contest.

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