Two Kevin McDonald goals and a number of good chances missed in the first half meant Arsenal’s youngsters crashed out of the quarter final of the Carling Cup, Burnley deserving the win. The Scot had an easy tap in after Rodgers and Fabianski collided unfortunately but his second was more of his own work. He held off Randall before placing past Fabisanki with the outside of the boot. Arsenal had a lot of the ball but Burnley exucted their game plan perfectly and denied the Gunners space by applying their pressure high and early.
Lucasz Fabianski (6): Made some good saves especially from a Paterson header but will be disappointed to see the ball fall out for McDonald for the first goal even though he did he best.
Gavin Hoyte (5): Not a great deal of impact at right back but had to be aware of the high ball over the channel and the same when he moved to centre back in the second.
Paul Rodgers (5): A tough start to his Arsenal career as the high balls were too much for him along and over the channels. Subbed > 46 Lansbury
Mikael Silvestre (6): The experienced centre back has let in 17 goals in 11 performances now and although he was the best defender today he should have made his quality tell.
Kieran Gibbs (6): Had a tricky night against Eagles and although the Burnley winger started better Gibbs grew in stature but couldn’t force anything from the left flank.
Aaron Ramsey (5): Tried hard too many things and gave the ball away cheaply. The boy’s got quality but seems to not know how best to use it at times.
Mark Randall (5): Shrugged off for the second goal and had a good chance saved. Will be disappointed but there were some good touches and passes, just seemed to lack understanding of his role. Subbed > 72 Bischoff
Fran Merida (6): Had one great effort as he skipped past two defenders before shooting just wide and was Arsenal’s most creative players.
Jack Wilshere (5): Will be disappointed as Burnley denied him the space inside and was generally congested in his play. Subbed > 63 Simpson
Nicklas Bendtner (6): Missed two great chances early on but linked up play well in the first half especially when freeing Randall with a great backheel. Couldn’t make enough impact in the second.
Carlos Vela (6): Worked his socks off but at times was too high up the field and his shieding and link up play may have been better needed slightly deeper.
On 46 Henri Lansbury (6): Provided more threat on the right hand side than Hoyte and made some good passes.
On 63 Jay Simpson (6): Looked a threat with his pace.
On 72 Amaury Bischoff (5): Didn’t make enough impact
Subs not used: Mannone, Coquelin, Steer, Frimpong
Burnley: Jensen*, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Alexander, Blake (77 Elliott ), McDonald (61 Gudjonsson), McCann, Eagles, Paterson (74 Akinbiyi ). Subs: Penny, Gudjonsson, Akinbiyi, Elliott, Mahon, Rodriguez, MacDonald.
Ref: Andre Marriner