Arsenal vs Burnley FA Cup Preview

Today I will  make up for it with an in-depth overview and analysis of Burnley and our squad, who's around, who might play and what's

Arsenal v Burnley
The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON, Emirates Stadium
Sunday, March 08, 2009, 13:30

So tomorrow sees us take on Burnley in a repeat game from the Carling Cup. We were at their ground for a game which saw us knocked out of the competition. Burnley were incisive and we were woeful in front of goal. A certain Jekyll and HydeMr. Bendtner was very guilty of missing about 7 chances, about 5 one on ones and a certain youth prospect or two weren’t defending as well as they could of.

Tomorrow will see the return of the side of Walcott and Eduardo and there is a genuine sense of excitement around the squad at the moment. Arshavin has played a few games in quick sucession and you sense the gameplay and 90 minutes on the pitch against WBA is really his fitness. I did expect him to be rested tomorrow but as he is illegible for Roma on Wednesday, he may well feature. I don’t think he’ll have the legs to start three games in a row, but maybe it wil be a good opportunity to gain some more fitness against a so called lesser side.

Walcott is a player who I would expect to get some playing time too especially with Roma on Wednesday. Walcott is the type of player whose pace can cause Roma a lot of problems. We’ll be playing a defensive counter attack against them, so pace in the counter attack is always welcome. And of course, Eduardo I do expect to start against Burnley. With Van Persie rested on Tuesday, he may well be rested again today with some very important games coming up in the league and Champions League.

So, this is the line up I’d expect to see tomorrow:

Fabianski

Eboue - Gallas – Djourou – Gibbs

Nasri – Song – Diaby – Arshavin

Bendtner – Eduardo

With Almunia, Sagna, Ramsey, Vela, Van Persie, Walcott and Denilson on the bench.

Arsene had a fair amount to say yesterday, so this is what he had to say:

“I am a great believer that this team will win everything – but the earlier the better. What is most important is that I am confident we will have the complete focus to do it. We are not far from the end [of that road], but that’s where your winning attitude is tested as well, when the pressure becomes bigger and bigger. How will we respond to that? I am confident we will respond well. It is much better than five years ago and much better than three years ago,” said Wenger. It improves every year because there are so many foreign players and that means many good English players have to go down to the Championship. As a result the level has gone up so much so it is different for every Premier League clubs to beat them. Sometimes when you are away in a hotel we can watch Championship games on Friday night and sometimes on Sunday before we play. It is a good level I must say and it is a little bit like the Premier League because every team is difficult to beat.

“You know we experienced that with Plymouth in the Third Round. They are fighting not to go down but it was a difficult game for us. The gap between the Premier League and the Championship is closing. You look at the teams who have come up this year and usually all three went down straight away. Now there are 10 games to go and maybe West Brom is favourites to go down but the other two teams – Hull and Stoke – have as many chances to stay up as the other teams.

“As for Burnley, they have fantastic teamwork and good drive going forward and a good technical level. I think they have very good mobility. They play with natural width and Chris Eagles is a very good player. He has done very well against us and we need to keep him quiet. But Gibbs knows him well now and Gibbs will certainly play on Sunday. It will be a good task for him.”

So, there it is… we will win everything. Done and dusted. It’s actually so crazy but as fans we can all see the potential, but just sometimes not the results.

The game kicks off at 1.30pm tomorrow, so a perfect hangover cure…]]>

  • zohaib

    Dev you haven’t got Van-the-man in your starting lineup !?

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[No, like he said, it looks like he'll be rested. Which is shit.

    I play three times a week, 2x 1hr and 1x 90mins. I also swim and run in between. If I miss my 90 minute match one week, the next week I really feel it. Professional footballers are probably a bit fitter but I think resting a player just interrupts his run and damages his form.

    I'm convinced that United are only in such good form and go on such good runs because they very rarely rest players. Carling Cup aside, if Rooney is fit he plays. Simple.

    I wonder what RVP makes of it? Does he feel like he needs a rest? He's not played anywhere near as long as Fabregas has in the past few years....]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[But he didn't play in midweek ! He doesn't need any more rest.

    I'm pretty sure VanPersie is starting.]]>

  • zohaib

    He’ll probably get an hour if we manage to score a couple and keep a clean sheet. If not, he’ll probably stay on till the end. I think Wenger’s treating the FA Cup as an important competition unlike last year. Maybe because the Championship is out of our reach, even though we need to improve our position in the league.

  • debs

    I think as to resting VP, Wenger’s said something along the lines that if he plays 3 games in a row, he’s more likely to get injured, so I guess that’s why he in particular got a rest mid-week. but I do think he might play some part 2moro, as warm-up for Roma.

  • Fabrez

    Me thinks RvP will start actually. Like Zohaib said, just an hour once all goes well, then we may see Eduardo come on for him… Got to wait & see… I’m kinda guessing AW worries about RvP and his injury prone body so doesn’t push him as much in consecutive games…dunno… But i’m expecting us to win our 2 next FA Cup games to get to the semis. And it was really nice to see Cesc training on the Arsenal website in the pics. But for now, i see a big performance on for us 2morro!

  • zohaib

    What’s the procedure for the semfinals of the FA Cup. I know we’re playing Hull in the quarterfinals. But will there be another draw for the semifinals or is it already decided which team will play which after the quarterfinals ?

  • debs

    there’ll be another draw Zohaib, and it should be made this evening at about 6:45pm I think…

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…that’s it debs. Should be interesting to see who we get…once we get there it’s between Chelsea, Man U & Everton/Middlesbrough…so no easy games there at all! But seein that those games will b the 18th/19th of April, we shud have most if not all our players back by then…

  • debs

    yeah, they should all be back, and raring to go, and we’ll have a mini-season with everyone fit. But we need to get past Burnley first, and I’m sure the guys’ll be looking to avenge the Carling cup defeat earlier on. I’d definitely prefer to get Everton/Middlesborough, but if we do get man u or chelsea, hopefully it’d be a home draw for us, but we are capable of beating them and I guess the team will get that extra bit of confidence cos we beat them in the league already, but none of those teams will be easy at all.

  • Fabrez

    Wow…RvP on the bench…Arshavin & Bendtner are the strikers…kinda disappointed…but i guess RvP will come on at some point… I really disagree with that but we’ll see what happens…

  • Fabrez

    On the other hand, nice 2 see him saying he wants to stay at Arsenal… skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_5022104,00.html

  • debs

    Bendtner’s on the bench too, apparently, so is Walcott. And Eduardo captains the side…

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…my bad… Setanta gave the wrong line up initially! Silly ppl! lol

  • Fabrez

    Eduardo & Vela seem 2 b upfront…Arhsvin on the wing perhaps…

  • debs

    lol. good to know Van the Man’s on board for next season. Wish I could watch the match, or at least listen to ATVO, but I’m stuck on a coach back to uni for another 3 hrs! damn! thank God for web n walk and text commentary on bbc sport! and WoA ofcourse! :P

  • debs

    yeah, that’s what it seems from the line-up Fabrez… Real hattrick from Eduardo this time around, right? ;)

  • willsscott

    Eduardo!! Get in!

  • Fabrez

    Done! Absolutely done! And in style too! Doesn’t seem as if we had any injury worries and we looked at our very best. Couple tired legs to the end but we looked like classic Arsenal!

  • Fabrez

    Shame there was no hatrick for Edu this time debs! At least he aint injured rite? But he looked good…and u MUST see his goal…his technique was impeccable! Top-class! Song & Eboue made the 3rd look good…& Vela…reminded me of that Sheffield game!

  • Pissed off

    Song expressed himself to a level I really liked, Probably Denilson’s absence gave him a breathing space.

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…Song looked very good…i think that was his game at its best.

  • debs

    yeaah, shame about the hattrick, but a cracking goal without any injury concerns will do just fine! Also glad Walcott’s back! can’t wait to see the highlights… Also good to see Eboue on the scoresheet. confidence boost for him. And Song playing really well- the team’s looking stronger by the minute.

  • jeffvip

    The unsung hero is surely belongs to Song this match. two assist in the match. As well as Arshavin who is pulling the strings for the front two. This is as if Fabregas is playing… The best performance of Arsenal so far. Is not only about goals, but the inovation and creativity of the player reminds me of pires and henry era.

  • jeffvip

    I do forgot to mention bout goals from eduardo. I certainly think this will be the goal of the FA Cup for this season. Never seen this type of goal scoring method before in my whole life. Absolutely breathtaking. Whole pub including the neutrals is standing clapping for this wonderful goal. Adebayor, your days is numbered!

  • Fabrez

    Trust me debs, the highlights will b a treat! Edu looked like he never went…our team is coming together nicely. As for Ade…with Edu’s goal scoring & Bendtner/Diaby’s height, Ade will have to score like he did last season to get back in the side. The days for automatic starting is done i think! Finally, proper competition for places!

  • Fabrez

    Yeah jeffvip…that goal was another level of class!

  • Jimmy

    < ![CDATA[Why wasn't Nasri playing???
    The semi-final draw is at 6:15 today.]]>

  • Fabrez

    Nasri was rested for the Roma game Jimmy.

  • Debs

    apparently the semis will be played at Wembley. I never knew that. Interesting!

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…i don’t like it tho… “Going to Wembly” was supposed to b all about the final! Wonder if they changed it for financial reasons? More capacity, more money?

  • Debs

    Yeah, it definitely takes the gloss off being at Wembley for the final. Could be financial reasons, or maybe to give more clubs and fans the Wembley experience, but either way it’s dodgy. But I thought that like the Carling cup, the semis were played over 2 legs, but I guess if it’s at Wembley, it’s definitely not the case. Guess I’ll find out more at the draw in a few minutes!

  • Debs

    we’ve got Chelsea!

  • willsscott

    At least it’s not United!

  • Fabrez

    Hm…Chelsea…wat can ya say? Better them than Utd granted i think we can beat any team by the time April comes.

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[yeah willsscott, although I want us to wipe that smug 'quintuple' smile off their faces asap! lol

    But we've got to deal with Hull first though, and hopefully that'll just be a formality, but it's not a done deal yet, but we should get to Wembley- semis and final, fingers crossed!]]>

  • willsscott

    < ![CDATA[We can wipe the 'quintuple' smile off their faces in the final hopefully!

    From what I saw today, we should see off Hull, with the same sort of line up as today, and should we get through, by the time we play Chelsea, we should have the midfield/forward options of:
    Adebayor, Walcott, Nasri, Cesc, Rosicky, Bendtner, Vela, Arshavin, Eduardo, RvP, as well as Diaby, Denilson, and Song, who was outstanding today.

    Let me know if I've forgotten anyone!

    The rest of the season's looking bright and SkySports even tipped us as an outside bet for the CL!]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Hopefully we'll come through against Hull. And hopefully we'll be able to outclass Chelsea.

    I think the semi-final is played as a 90 minute plus extra time match, instead of a 2 leg match. Can someone confirm ?]]>

  • willsscott

    < ![CDATA[Yeah, the Semi's go to ET and then penalties.

    Looking forward to a trip to Wembley...hopefully!

    Anyone else got the slightest feeling that Everton may just be able to edge United?]]>

  • berth

    < ![CDATA[Not in this one, Willsscott. Zohaib, Dev, Fabrez and Kieren, what do you guys think of Songs performance in the last 2 games, both defensively and offensively.

    Do you guys think we need to recruit a DMF this summer or allow Song tocontinue next season. I raise this issue because it worries me; that position is very serious if we are to challenge next season and as song performs and improves continuously, you start thinking we should forget that position and concentrate in other areas. Am really curious in this one.]]>

  • Pissed off

    < ![CDATA[Least I forget, Arshavin looked more terrific with his inch perfect passes in CMF than in the flanks, same as Nasiri and was Hleb. isn't it worth the while to play him in fab's position for a while before Fab comes back ?

    What do you lads think.]]>

  • willsscott

    < ![CDATA[Song was excellent today, he really was superb, the pass for Eduardo was brilliant, and his all round game has improved significantly since the start of the year.

    Depending on how well Bishoff starts to look, I'd still like someone like Veloso or Xabi Alonso, who's got at least 3 years first team experience.

    Another CB would still be nice...]]>

  • Pete

    Only saw the first half of the game, so will stay up for the highlights. Velas goal was quality, being closed down by two defender and an onrushing keeper. But by the sounds of it Eduardo scored a blinder, cant wait to see it :)

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[Well Berth, I think Song's contributions have been very very good. Don't want to get too carried away seeing that he is still 21 & has loads to learn. I can't deny the fact that the way Arsene has gone about his job as manager with respect to having such a young team is making the likes of Song a better player earlier than people would expect. He is a lot better for playing so much 1st team football.

    To me, along with today, his performance against Sp*rs was very very good. His passing has been getting better offensively & he is showing that aggression in the tackle to break up plays defensively. Similar to Flamini. I do think that the DM position will require another player next season because it is a very demanding position physically. And Song can learn from someone who has a bit more experience in that role.]]>

  • Debs

    Still haven’t seen the Eduardo goal! Not much long to go now on itv. Sure it’ll be worth the wait.

  • Fabrez

    Just a side point…i don’t know if u will b able to appreciate it on the highlights, but Arshavin’s defensive play was not bad at all. He slid in for tackles & hardly gave the opposition space… I thought that was how u know u have a top class player. He works very hard for the team on an all-round basis…credit to him.

  • Fabrez

    And yeah debs…not long again. I’m excited 2 see the goal even tho i saw it already!

  • Debs

    how the hell did he do that?! Eduardo’s goal, that is. Pure class!

  • Fabrez

    lol! And he did it in stride… Glided through the space, sliced volleyed it! As the commentator said, “How dare you be that good!” :D

  • Debs

    yeah, how DARE he?! lol And I think it was with the leg he broke- that makes it even more special!

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[I said the same thing...that was with his left which he broke indeed...he's got no confidence issues with his left leg, that's for sure! Could be goal of the month...

    I was really glad 2 see Cesc happy & clapping after the Vela goal...bcuz that Barca story surfaced again...not he that Cesc said anything but the talk is coming from the Barca end. I just hope this group of players can stick together bcuz i'd b devastated if any leave...it would retard our progress as a team & as a club for the future.]]>