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Preview: Arsenal v Burnley

29 January 2016



Burnley travel to holders Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round, hoping to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2010/11.

It comes on the back of the impressive 4-1 victory over promotion rivals Derby County on Monday night.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last six, scoring 18 goals in the process and moving up to within four points of the top two.

In the last round, Rouwen Hennings and Stephen Ward helped see off Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Arsenal are without a win in three in the Barclays Premier League, but still find themselves third in the table behind Manchester City and this season’s surprise package Leicester City.

In the third round, they eased past Sunderland, beating them 3-1 thanks to goals from Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners have lost only one of their last 39 home FA Cup matches and have won each of their last 13 FA Cup matches - their longest winning run in the competition.



Arsenal: WWDDL
Burnley: DWWWW





Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid last season for a club-record fee of £42.5million.

After a good start for the Gunners, the playmaker faded last season but has come into his own in 2015/16, setting up 16 goals for his teammates.

The German has also scored six goals in all competitions and has a formidable understanding with striker Olivier Giroud.

The 27-year-old has 70 caps for Germany and knows Rouwen Hennings from their time together in the U21s.



Burnley 0-1 Arsenal (Ramsey 12’)



Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones (Taylor 90+3), Barnes; Ings, Vokes.

Subs not used: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad, Kightly, Jutkiewicz.

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerín, Mertesacker, Kościelny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Özil, Sánchez (Chambers 90+3); Giroud (Welbeck 81).

Subs not used: Szczęsny, Gibbs, Flamini, Rosický, Walcott.

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 20,615 (3,421)



Dean Marney is touch and go with a recurrence of a niggling calf injury that has kept him out recently, while Matt Gilks remains sidelined with an elbow injury he sustained in training.

That means new signing Paul Robinson is likely to be in the matchday squad.

Long-term absentees Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz are both continuing their recoveries from cruciate ligament injuries.

In the opposition camp, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the game will come too soon for Danny Welbeck.

David Ospina will start in goal for the hosts and Mohamed Elneny is also in line to make his Arsenal debut after his move from FC Basel earlier this month.

Francis Coquelin may also return to the squad since November following a knee ligament injury.



Referee Roger East will officiate Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Wiltshire official has taken charge of 22 games in the current campaign, issuing 66 yellow cards and 1 red card in the process.

Last season, he officiated the Clarets’ 2-0 away defeat to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League at St Marys. No players for either side were booked on that occasion.

Mr East will be assisted by Mr Simon Bennett, Mr Marc Perry and Fourth Official Frederick Graham.



Sean Dyche: “It's a particularly good tie for our fans. We went down there last year, it’s a tough place to go as everyone knows and it's a fantastic stadium.

“It's a good occasion for all and we go there not only looking to deliver a performance but you need that little twist of fate in the cup.”

Arsene Wenger: "We have to earn the right to qualify. I will make some changes for the game.

“All their players used to play in the Premier League. They will be competitive."


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