FA Cup - Burnley Home - Saturday 17:00 @ Brazenhead in Fourways, Leaping Frog Centre

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Ah well so much for the “Revenge time” I expected against Chelsea last weekend, looks like we’re going to have to wait another year before that happens. I’ll just put that thought on a piece of paper and file it away for the appropriate time. As Charles Dickens wrote “Vengeance and retribution require a long time” and it would appear that last weekend the dish was not yet cold!

So, onto the FA Cup I say and let’s leave that awful Premier League behind us for a while. 2 points out of a possible 9 is not where I want to go right now. All things Burnley is what we need to discuss right now and here’s a banana skin awaiting an Arsenal boot to step on! But we’re no longer that naïve are we? I don’t think so but when I look at that Chelsea game, it does make me wonder. Burnley were relegated from the Premier League last season just one year after having gained promotion from the Championship. During that season, they lost both matches to Arsenal although their home game was a tight but dour 1-0 victory to the Gunners. Their current form is good and they have just come off a 4-1 hiding of Derby County which has moved them to third in their league. They have in fact been on a good run as of late winning their last 4 matches, starting with an away win against Middlesbrough in the previous round of the FA Cup.

It will be chop and change time for Arsenal as we have a Premier League game against Southampton the following Tuesday. I expect we will see a bit more of Sanchez and I thought he didn’t look too far off the pace when he came on on Sunday. I would also expect involvement from Ozil and Giroud based on them missing out on game time over the past two matches. We’ll probably see the standard Gibbs for Monreal swap and starting places for the Chambers/Chamberlain duo as well as involvement from Gabriel and Ospina who was on the bench the last game. Word is that Coquelin should return and of course Wenger would like to give Elneny an ‘easy’ start, so I’m not too sure how he’ll put the team out. As for our other players coming back from injury, I think that Arteta is the closest with Rosicky not too far behind and both may feature but Welbeck I think still has a while, whilst Jack is a little further down the line and Santi is a mystery. I can also see a possible start for Iwobi with Jeff Reine-Adelaide also being in the picture. This is all conjecture but it would be nice to see some fresh face, but not too many to upset the flow of the team.

Other matches of note this weekend are Derby County vs MFU with a possible upset on the cards here if MFU get back to their winning ways, Villa vs Citeh which comes after a Citeh midweek match against Everton in the COC semi-final second leg and Liverpool vs West Ham which again involves a team involved in the COC semi-final where Liverpool were dragged through extra time to win 6-5 on penalties. Both Stoke and Everton also have games after their midweek COC involvement and I’m beginning to be thankful that Arsenal bowed out to Sheffield Wednesday on that frosty October evening. There is also the MK Dons vs Chelsea on Sunday and I only make note of this due to the Don’s feat of beating MFU in the COC last year, 4-0 and Chelsea’s fourth round exit last year to Bradford City, just saying……

So, it’s FA Cup weekend and hopefully a not too stressful time ahead of us, although we know Arsenal can manage to make any match stressful. Supersport indicate that our match will be televised on SS3. Last weekend we had the ‘Boys from Benoni’ who travelled all the way to the Brazenhead in Fourways for the Chelsea game and they were not disappointed with a bit of ‘crowd action’!! So who knows what’s in store this weekend? Well the only way to find out y’all is to c’mon down to the Brazenhead and have yourselves some fun.