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Last updated: January 29, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LDDWW
Away form: WWWDW
Last meeting: 1-0
Competition: The FA Cup

Last season’s FA Cup winners Arsenal are to host The Championship side Burnley on Saturday. The Gunners are playing very well this season and are favourites for the FA Cup and the The Premier League title. They easily beat Sunderland 3-1 in the third round of the tournament. Despite Lens opening the scoring for The Black Cats, The Gunners turned things around with goals scored by Campbell, Ramsey and Giroud.

Burnley’s ambition this season is to return to The Premier League. The Clarets are lying in 5th position with 48 points. They are in good shape, having won 4 of their last 5 competitive games. Burnley sensationally won 2-1 on their visit to Middlesbrough in the 3rd round of The FA Cup. Fabbrini put Middlesbrough ahead, but Hennings and Ward scored to eliminate the Riverside club.

Arsenal have won 3 consecutive matches against Burnley. The Clarets last won away from home against The Gunners in 1974, when Burnley won 1-0 in a First Division match (Premier League). Since then Arsenal have won 4 consecutive matches at home against The Clarets, scoring 10 and conceding only 1 goal.


Team News

Jack Wilshere is very close to his return to the pitch, but Arsene Wenger will surely not be risking one of his most valuable players.

Welbeck, Coquelin and Cazorla are the other injured players in Arsenal’s squad. Danny Welbeck has also just about recovered from his knee injury.

The 24-year-old Andre Gray is Burnley’s top goal-scorer this season. The striker has scored 14 goals in 22 matches in The Championship.

Per Mertesacker was sent off against Chelsea in the first half of the game. Now, the German defender is suspended and is going to miss the game.


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Gabriel, Elneny, Oezil, Campbell, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud.
Subs Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Flamini, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Sanchez
Injured: Welbeck, Coquelin, Cazorla, Wilshere.
Doubtful:
Not available: Mertesacker
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Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Jones, Barton, Arfield, Gray, Vokes.
Subs Hennings, Nizic, Marney, Taylor, Kightly, Darikwa, Duff.
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:

Comparison

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Arsenal this season Burnley this season
Arsene Wenger Head coach Sean Dyche
The Premier League Division The Championship
3 League Position 5
3-1 vs. Sunderland (home) 3rd round result 2-1 vs. Middlesbrough (away)
Winners (12) Biggest success in The FA Cup Winners (1)
Winners Last campaign in The FA Cup 3rd round replays
Campbell, Giroud, Ramsey (1) Top scorers in The FA Cup Ward, Hennings (1)
Bellerin (2) Assist leader in The FA Cup Vokes (1)
  • Arsenal won the last match between these two teams. The Gunners recorded a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor on 11th April 2015.
  • The Gunners have recorded 24 victories in 41 games at home against Burnley. Arsenal have scored 86 and have conceded 44 goals in their net.
  • Arsene Wenger’s players have won 8 of their last 10 matches at The Emirates Stadium. They have only lost to Chelsea (0-1 in the last Premiership round).
  • Burnley have only lost 3 of 14 away games in The Championship this season. The Clarets lost to Middlesbrough, Hull City and Ipswich.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
11/04/15 The Premier League Burnley 0-1 Arsenal A. Ramsey 12′
01/11/14 The Premier League Arsenal 3-0 Burnley A. Sánchez 70′
06/03/10 The Premier League Arsenal 3-1 Burnley Fàbregas 34′
16/12/09 The Premier League Burnley 1-1 Arsenal Fàbregas 7′
08/03/09 The FA Cup Arsenal 3-0 Burnley C. Vela 25′