It is good to finally have some club football after the horrible incident last week. A win is not only important to raise the spirits and morale of the players and the club on a whole but also absolutely vital in the chase for the Premiership. Burnley, on their return to the upper echelon of English football are notoriously known to be bad travellers. In those 14 away games that they have had, they have only managed to draw just the one game and lost all the others. 43 goals have been conceded on their travels which amount to about 3 goals a game. In a way the statistics augurs well for Arsenal as we need a victory by 4 clear goals to move back to the top of the league, albeit only for a couple of hours as United are to play Wolves later in the day.
Burnley was a side that plays football in the right way under their previous manager, Owen Coyle. However under the guidance of Brian Laws, I’m not too sure whether the same principles are still being apply as I’ve not seen them in action since Arsenal drew with them at Turf Moor. In the same game, Fabregas was dominating the first half only to retire early due to injury. All credit to Burnley for their efforts during that game but it was 2 points lost for Arsenal.
On Arsenal’s side, we have three returning players to help our cause. Of course, whenever there are some who returns, their place in the treatment room are immediately replaced with new ones. Ramsey is of course out, Campbell also misses out with a groin problem and Gallas still needs more time to recover from his calf injury. From having an abundance of talents in midfield, suddenly that department looks very short, so the return of Diaby, Denilson and Arshavin are surely something worth cheering about. With that I think the line-up will be something like this;
Wenger must put out a absolutely attacking side, he just must. Burnley’s away form means that they are there for the taking. In a title fight that is this tight, goal difference may play a vital role in deciding who the winner is. With a hindsight on that, Eboue should take over Sagna’s place at right back. The Ivorian possesses more attacking threat down the right than Sagna could at the best of times. With Bendtner in the middle and in such a good goalscoring form, in terms of headers, Eboue’s cross could help the Dane continue his scoring streak.
With the important return leg of the Champions League coming up on Tuesday, Arsenal must start this game right and play from the first minute. A good lead going into half time would help to address any doubts that may be caused by Ramsey’s injury. Also, it would allow Wenger the chance to make changes very early on in the second half to rest some of the more important players ahead of the European tie.
There’s really not much to go on any further. Every player in the Arsenal rank must play to their strength and give it their all. We are there still with a chance to grab the biggest prize in England and we must not let it slip. There are no easy games in the Premiership, as such Wenger will need to ensure that there is no complacency setting in the mind of the players. Last but not least, do it for Aaron.
Here’s to a good victory. Enjoy the game wherever you’re watching.