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Burnley v. Arsenal


Turf Moor



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Arsene's Kids will look to continue the new found momentum that the Arsenal first team has created with the wins over Kyiv and Chelsea, and advance to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup for the fourth consecutive year.

Burnley made all the headlines last round in their stunning upset of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and the group of players that Owen Coyle has at his disposal will surely be eying another Big 4 scalp for their mantle.

Vital Quotes:

Again Arsenal was questioned over the possibility of using a few more first team players. 'It will be the usual team for us,' Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

'But then with all the players we have out it may be even younger than before.

'The players who were on the bench at Chelsea will be involved, but those who started will not.

'That means Silvestre will play and so will Fabianski of course. We have some other first-team players [who] will play too - Vela and Bendtner.'

Burnley's leading scorer, 21 year old striker Martin Paterson, has expressed his excitement at playing the Young Guns. 'It will be enjoyable to come up against some of their players, but we'll be giving it a really good go,' admitted Paterson.

'It's a game of football and anything can happen.'

'We've got to be professional and turn up and work hard first and foremost, because if you don't work hard against Arsenal they're going to pass through you and make you look silly.'

'We don't want them to come here and do that to us.'

Burnley Team News:

Good news for the Clarets is that Wade Elliot could possibly be back for this tie. He will face a fitness test on Tuesday to determine the progression of his groin strain. Though defender Christian Kalvenes has been ruled out, as has Remco van der Schaa. Striker Steven Thompson will also take no part in this fixture due to cup ineligibility.

Player to watch: Martin Paterson

As was stated in the quotes, the 21 year old is Burnley's leading scorer. The Northern Ireland international has netted 7 times in 18 appearances for Burnley this campaign.

Arsenal Team News:

As Arsene said, nobody that started the Chelsea game on Sunday will play a part in this one. That means Johan Djourou, the rock in the defense during the previous Cup games, will not feature tomorrow. Though Bendtner will be recalled to the starting lineup after missing the last game against Wigan. Silvestre will the experience in the Arsenal team, and his know how will be crucial in settling down the young Gunners on their trip op North.

Player to watch: Carlos Vela

Of course Vela is always a player to watch for this team because of his immense skill and speed with the football, but I pick him here because I want to see his adjustment to the cold weather and physical nature of this game.

Match Facts & Stats

A big talking point for this match will be the weather, so being a meteorology student myself I thought I might give the forecast for tomorrows match. The high will be 2C with winds from the west at 10-15 mph. It will be cloudy with lows reaching -6C, and there is a 90% chance of afternoon snow.

Burnley has beat Bury, Oldham Athletic, Fulham, and Chelsea to get to the quarterfinals.

Match Prediction:

It will certainly not be a walk in the park for Arsenal, but I am very optimistic about this squad going all the way to lift the trophy. I will say a 4-2 win for Arsenal at the Turf Moor.

Next Fixtures:

6/12 (Sat)- Wigan (H)- Premier League

10/12 (Wed)- FC Porto (A)- Champions League

13/12 (Sat)- Middlesbrough (A)- Premier League

Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Monday December 1 2008
Time: 9:36PM


Off topic and everything, but can we get active sometime and launch some kind of Vital Arsenal campaign to get Arsenal fans making some proper noise at home?
01/12/2008 21:54:00
As for the match, I'm really looking forward to it. It will be difficult though. I agree, Vela needs to be tested in this enviroment. All those fans calling from him to bought on against chelsea as though it is certain that he will score a wondergoal as soon as he comes on gets on my nerves. I'm not saying he can't manage it, but people are starting to get a bit too expectant over him.
01/12/2008 22:17:00
Snow? Frig me, that should make the drive fun! Unreserved seating this time though, maybe I'll get a decent seat for once!
Little Dutch
01/12/2008 22:30:00
I predict the usual outcome, good win for the kids followed by a lame performance against Wigan and loss.
01/12/2008 22:47:00
Yea LD, at game time with the wind chill it should feel about -8C. Burr.
01/12/2008 23:50:00
Really looking forward to this game ....... do Burnley have undersoil heating? I'd hate for you to go all that way for naught again LD!!
01/12/2008 23:52:00
Time for the CARLOS CUP! and
02/12/2008 03:14:00
Its *****in frozzen oootside.
02/12/2008 07:29:00
I don't live a million miles away from Burnley and I can confirm that it's snowy as a b'stard this morning. Keep an eye on the weather reports travelling Gooners!!
02/12/2008 08:13:00
I'm travelling with the club so I'll be up to date. If they're gonna call it off, they better not wait until 7pm again like they did at Anfield a few seasons ago!
Little Dutch
02/12/2008 08:46:00
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