Elneny To Make His Arsenal Debut
Match Preview – Arsenal vs Burnley – FA Cup – 30.01.16
The FA Cup is somewhat of a welcome distraction for an Arsenal team that claimed just two points from nine in their last three Premier League games. The nature of the league this season means that Arsenal are still deep in the race and entirely in control of their own destiny despite these setbacks. However, The Gunners desperately need some form and there are worse places to start the search for momentum than an all or nothing cup game.
The good new for Wenger’s men is that not only are they in control of their own Premier League fate but they welcome back a host of players at a crucial time. Coquelin is fit again and in contention to start. We make a huge fuss every time a player has a setback in training but rarely bat an eyelid when the medical team returns a player to us well ahead of schedule like they have with Coquelin – so props to them.
As well as our midfield shield we have Alexis ready to start a match, Rosicky is fit to play, Welbeck is an u21 game away from being involved with the first team again and Cazorla is just a few weeks away from being in contention too. Wilshere is due back in March.
For once it seems we are getting our vital players back just when we need them most and today is a good opportunity for the likes of Alexis, Elneny and Rosicky to get some minutes.
Ex-Spurs keeper, Paul Robinson will be in the Burnley squad and Arsenal, in the Premier League era, have scored more goals against him than any other keeper.
Özil is likely to be rested for this match and many of our squad players will get a run out but overall the team will have a distinctively Premier League feel about it. I think Theo will start up front and we’ll play a particularly pacey, counter-attacking game.
This is a potential banana skin because we have form in underestimating lower league sides in cup matches but if we take this seriously then it should be a comfortable run out for the lads.
Arsenal from; Cech, Ospina, Chambers, Bellerin, Debuchy, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Elneny, Reine-Adelaide, Özil, Campbell, Alexis, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott.
Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Elneny, Rosicky, Iwobi, Alexis, Walcott
I expect to see substitute appearances from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell and Giroud.
“We have learnt something this season, we went to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and got quite a severe defeat. We have to show we have learnt from that. We have to be humble enough to accept that and to think it’s not because we turn up at the Emirates and play against Burnley that we will win the game. We have to earn the right to go through this round and qualify. If you don’t do that, we’ll have a bad surprise.” – Arsène Wenger
Last 3 Meetings
- Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (11.04.2015)
- Arsenal 3-0 Burnley (01.11.2014)
- Arsenal 3-1 Burnley (06.03.2010)
Arsenal Last 5
Burnley Last 5
Burnley, in many ways, are a Premier League team and should be treated with the caution that would entail. Respect is a word often thrown around when talking about playing lower league sides, I think all teams deserve respect because you’re playing them for a reason. You don’t play a lower league side in the cup because of a quirk, you play them because they’ve fought their way into the draw.
Their squad is full of Premier League experience and they should handled carefully. This won’t be a cake walk if we go into the match thinking it will be.
The Clarets are on a fantastic run of form and are unbeaten since being downed by Hull on Boxing Day. In the 6 matches since that 3-0 drubbing they’ve won five and drawn one scoring 18 goals along the way and conceded just three. They have goal threats all over the pitch and are a usually mean outfit in defence.
- Arsenal have won their last five FA Cup ties against Burnley, scoring 16 and conceding just once. The one goal Burnley scored was in their biggest FA Cup loss since 1896 (Burnley 1-7 Arsenal, in 1937).
- The Gunners have lost just one of their 40 FA Cup games against lower league opposition under Arsene Wenger’s management (W31 L1 D8).
- Arsenal have won 32 of their last 39 home FA Cup ties at home (W32 D6 L1).
- Olivier Giroud has scored nine goals in his last 13 FA Cup appearances for Arsenal.
- Burnley have won their last three away games in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and conceding just two.
Stats courtesy of Opta
2-0 to Arsenal. Elneny with a debut goal/assist.
Thanks for reading! Please comment on this post, subscribe by email, share with friends and follow me on twitter (@thedanielcowan). Please check out the official NLIR Facebook page http://facebook.com/northlondonisredblog for news, views, freebies and more.
Don’t forget to tune into the funniest Arsenal podcast around “Goonersphere Podcast“
Advertise your business here! Click here for details .