Burnley v Arsenal: Match Preview

Arsenal's Carlos Alberto Vela (left) celebrates scoring his sides third goal

Arsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Lansbury – G.Hoyte
Silvestre – Gibbs
Wilshere – Ramsey
– Randall – Merida
Bendtner – Vela

Subs: Manonne, Rodgers, Steer, Coquelin, Frimpong, Simpson, Bischoff

Burnley Likely Line Up (4-5-1)

Duff(c) – Caldwell – 
Carlisle –
Eagles – Alexander – McDonald 
– McCann – Paterson

Subs (to be confirmed): Penny, Gudjonsson, Mahon, Akinbiyi, Elliot

Tactics Talk: Arsenal will be without the calm and commanding presence of Song and especially Djoutou at the back which has been the basis to allow the youngsters to play. Silvestre comes in and is likely to partner Gavin Hoyte in defence with the right back birth to battled out between Steer, Lansbury and Rodgers, though the latter could start in the centre pushing Hoyte to full back. Randall is another injury doubt in what is to be a tough test for the youngsters. This will be a tougher affair becuase of the unfamiliarity in the defence more than anything.

The youngsters play such a flowing and fluid game of football if they lose the ball needing to re-organise themselves. Merida and Wilshere look to come inside to keep the ball moving and retaining possession.

Burnley are likely to retain most of the team that convincingly beat Derby 3-0 therefore Eagles on the right and Paterson on the left in a five man midfield. Blake would be the lone striker and who will be looking to provide the goals though winger Paterson has scored 11 already this season.

Arsenal Players to Watch: Jack Wilshere is an obvious choice but his play his so elegant that it is worth watching for any aspiring playmakers. Always looks to get the ball and support the player in possession. Drifts of the right flank to create chances on his left foot. Makes sure he remains in control of the ball always by shielding the ball away from the marker as soon as he makes his first touch.

Kieran Gibbs has been converted to left back and his energy and tireless running will be a danger as well as a weakness. When Merida cuts inside will look to profit from the space by making aggressive runs forward. A test of his defensive skills will be ensued against the wiry Eagles.

Mark Randall: The feeling maybe is that he will not succeed as central midfielder or more likely he is not ready and more suited to playing the Xabi Alonso type role. As a big fan of the deep playmaker it will be the chance to show his linking abilities and the discipline to play shorter passes rather than the pentrating ball every time.

Burnley Players to Watch: Burnley have a few promising youngsters of their own in McDonald, Eagles and Paterson the former a player who has the potential to make it the Premier league. A strong central midfielder with a good engine. Eagles and Paterson are tricky wingers after being dumped by Man Utd and Newcastle respectively will be looking to show their true worth.

Prediction: Burnley 1-3 Arsenal


2 thoughts on “Burnley v Arsenal: Match Preview

  1. Be interesting to see whether or not Jay Simpson will be dropped after an impressive match last round.

    I would like to see Jay Emmanuel-Thomas play in the heart of defence alongside Silvestre. He is tall, strong and has a superb range of passing.

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