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Eduardo - Be Scared!

With Arsenal visiting Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon, and David Unsworth limping off in the awful 3-0 defeat at Blackpool, what side can the Clarets field?

So, with Owen Coyle fancing an ever growing up hill struggle to name a line-up, what team can Burnley expect to field when Premiership outfit Arsenal visit Turf Moor for the F.A. Cup Third Round?

Well, we know Clarke Carlisle will miss the game with a thigh injury, whilst Unsworth is having hamstring problems, so it is looking like Stephen Jordan will be lining up at left back, with Chris McCann and Stephen Calwell in the centre and Alexander out at right back.

Arsene Wenger has also come out this morning and said that he will be bringing the first team squad to East Lancashire for the game and WILL NOT be using his youngsters for the clash.

I'm really not sure how Eduardo will cope with Stephen Jordan's defensive abilities, I suspect that Jordan will use his pace and tactical genius to keep him quiet. Let alone how Sagna is going to be when Steve Jones comes on. God I feel sorry for Arsenal.

I am sat writing this whilst watching Arsenal beat West Ham on SkySports and i'll tell you something right now, if Arsenal play like this and we play like we did against Blackpool, with no effort, no commitment and no interest, then we could very well hit a double figured score line.

One positive is that Alan Mahon should return for the game, so baring that in mind, this is the team that is likely to feature against Arsenal on Sunday


Alexander Caldwell Jordan Harley

Elliott JOC Mahon Lafferty

Gray Blake

Although I would be seriously tempted to bring Brian Jensen back in to the starting line-up, as I don't think that Gabor Kiraly has been performing to his best of late, but facing a Premiership side Kiraly would be the keeper that you wanted to start. It could be a tricky one.

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Writer: M'R Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 2 2008

Time: 2:19PM

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Nice one Martyn! ;-)
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02/01/2008 14:23:00

Why is he taking his first team? I am not disrespecting your team, but he should play the Carling Cup team in this competition aswell. The likes of Diarra and Denilson need more playing time.
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02/01/2008 14:39:00

Don't know mate, he said on SkySports News this morning he was taking the first team squad.
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02/01/2008 14:43:00

Because we have Le Scum in the Carling Cup semi-final a few days later.
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02/01/2008 14:45:00

Henceforth the first team should have a week off after the game and he probably thinks that 3 tough games (2 away) in a short period may be too much for the young lads. I reckon it'll be a mixture of both for all 3 games to be honest.
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02/01/2008 14:47:00

According to Daily Mail: "Arsene Wenger has decided that his Premier League big guns will launch Arsenal's bid for the FA Cup this weekend because he wants to ensure that his youngsters are rested and fully prepared to face Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final next week. Having regained top spot from Manchester United with an unbeaten fivematch run over the Christmas holiday period, the Gunners will now focus on the twin challenges presented by the domestic cups. They meet Burnley at Turf Moor in the FA Cup third round on Sunday and three days later bid for a place in the Carling Cup Final when they face their north London rivals in the first leg of the semi-final at the Emirates Stadium. Normally Wenger would be tempted to play some of his younger players in an FA Cup tie against Championship opponents but he wants to be sure they are all fit to continue their remarkable progress in the Carling Cup"
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02/01/2008 14:50:00

I would think if any player does play in both games it will only be a sub appearance at Burnley followed by a start against Spurs. Had the games not been so close wenger would almost certainly have used the kids at Burnley.
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02/01/2008 15:02:00

How do Gunners out there, come and join the Clarets for a bit of banter in our forum. We have a special 'Matchday Mayhem' forum and a thread for the Arsenal game is now up
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02/01/2008 15:05:00

..and if any Spurs fans would like to become honorary Clarets for a bit? Cough ;-)
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02/01/2008 15:06:00

Hiya lads, looking forward to the game on Sunday and I'm sure you boys are, Personally I find it pretty humourous that we'll be fielding the big guns for your mob so we can rest the reserves for the scum! This means we are officially more respectful of your threat than of sp*rs!! Anyhow wish you all the best and don't get yourselves any of them giant killing notions now y'hear!? :)
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02/01/2008 15:29:00

As if, Niko!! ;-) Its difficult to do that when you only have 23 players in the squad and probably only about 14 of them either fit, not suspended or any good!!
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02/01/2008 15:39:00

Arsenal has 23 players who can play first team football, they're all first choice players it's just that some like Fabregas and Flamini are ahead in the queue. But what some people call the "second string" for the most part are all players of equivalent quality, including 7 or 8 regular internationals.
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02/01/2008 16:10:00

..and if any Spurs fans would like to become honorary Clarets for a bit? Cough ;-) turfmanphil - Do you really wish to sink that low?!
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02/01/2008 16:36:00

Well in the 60s you know Burnley and Spurs used to be the equivalent of today's Arsenal/Man U/Chelsea! ;-) What the hell Id sell my soul to make this site the best on the net! On second thoughts..;-)
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02/01/2008 16:40:00

Don't go there Phil. 60-61 was Spurs year. Beyond that, they're our little toys.
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02/01/2008 16:46:00

i reckon we are screwed if the first team play but stranger things have happened
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02/01/2008 20:20:00


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