Burnley | Is this Gunner Hurt?
UK time is: 23:21:08
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Arsenal vs. Burnley


Saturday 6th March 2010


Is this Gunner Hurt?

The Clarets are having a torrid time at the moment. Second from bottom in the Premier League they go to the Emirates this Saturday facing an Arsenal team in 3rd place gunning for the title. The difference in form could not be starker in contrast. Brian Laws Claret & Blue Army are just a bunch of foot soldiers compared to the artillery the Gunners have at their disposal and the chances of getting anything from this game are about as remote as Alan Hansen saying we have one of the best defences in the league!

All Clarets fans will be praying for a miracle, for that Jimmy Greaves 'Funny Old Game` moment, for anything that would finally see the Clarets win away from home in the top flight this season.

Brian Laws though will have a job on his hands after a terrible performance at home in our last match against Pompey last Saturday. That 2-1 defeat to the bottom club playing just for pride after going into administration was a shocking blow in our fight against relegation and really must have knocked their confidence. The team has won just once under Laws since he arrived in January. Just one win against West Ham but seven defeats is clearly not good enough and our form will drastically have to change for the better and quickly if we are to avoid returning to the Championship after just one season in the top flight. We can pray for a miracle against Arsenal but realistically most Clarets fans are hoping for damage limitation with one eye on goal difference. Who knows though, the football world could be about to be shocked!

Predicted Team Sheet

On loan striker, David Nugent returns after being ineligible to play last week against his parent club, Portsmouth. Will he though be given a starting eleven place bearing in mind the form of Martin Paterson? Paterson made his first start since returning from a long-injury against Portsmouth last Saturday. Pato was easily the Man of the Match looking keen and eager as well as getting a stunning goal to add to the one he scored in the previous game after coming on from the bench at Villa Park.

Surely Laws will not make the same mistake again of dropping a previous Man of the Match? Clarets fans were shocked to see Jack Cork dropped back to the bench last Saturday after a stunning performance in the previous game against Aston Villa.

Nugent`s opportunity to start could be dependent on Steven Fletcher who broke a bone in his hand during training whilst on Scottish international duty last Monday. He had to withdraw from their friendly game against the Czech Republic but Laws sounds confident he could still be in contention for the Gunners match despite probably having to wear a cast or light protection. It strikes me that perhaps Fletcher if he could play should be on the bench as a precaution, giving Nugent and Paterson the chance to play together up front.

One player we clearly seem to have missed is Graham Alexander, his calmness, drive and leadership in particular. He had been sidelined with a calf injury since the Bolton match at the Reebok last January but now looks close to a return after playing in a Reserves game against Manchester City at Turf Moor on Monday night. He is believed to be in contention for the Gunners game.

Chris McCann (knee) had also been thought to be close to a return but he has not played in the last two reserves games and appears to have suffered a set-back but there has been no official news on his progress. He will not be available for the Arsenal game though and neither will Steven Caldwell who continues to recover from a persistent groin strain.

By common consent Clarke Carlisle had an absolute stinker against Portsmouth conceding two needless penalties in bizarre fashion (one of which Jensen saved). he was also culpable for Pompey`s opening goal. He just was not at the races and it will be interesting to see if Laws keeps faith with him against the Gunners. I do think if Alexander plays a better bet would be to drop Carlisle and move Bikey back from midfield to the back-four where he looks far more comfortable and doesn`t have to think about chasing back so much.

This would be my team sheet although it`s more a hope than a prediction:

Jensen, Mears, Bikey, Cort, Fox, Alexander, Cork, McDonald, Eagles, Paterson, Nugent (or Fletcher)

Subs: Weaver, Carlisle, Duff, Blake, Fletcher (or Nugent), Elliott, Thompson

Arsenal Team News:

Aaron Ramsey will of course be out for the rest of the season now following the strong challenge by Ryan Shawcross in the Gunners game against Stoke City last Sunday. The challenge led to Shawcross being red-carded, some think unfairly, but the effect of the tackle was a broken tibia and fibula for the unfortunate Gunners midfielder.

Denilson (calf) and Andrey Arshavin (hamstring) though are expected to return.

Abou Diaby (knee) could also be available and his chances are rated 50:50. Alex Song however will be sidelined after starting a two-game suspension.

William Gallas (calf) is still out and Sol Campbell with a groin problem looks doubtful.

Carlos Vela will also not be considered for Saturday because he has just returned from international duty.

Player to watch: Anybody got a dart?

Andrey Arshavin is believed to be available after recovering from a hamstring injury! He`ll do!!

Burnley Team News:

David Nugent returns after being ineligible to play against his parent club, Portsmouth last Saturday.

It is hoped fellow Scots, Steven Fletcher (broken hand) and Graham Alexander (calf injury) will have recovered enough to be in contention for a starting eleven place.

Chris McCann (knee) and Caldwell (groin) though remain sidelined

Player to watch: Brian Jensen

Let`s hope the Beast can keep enough of Arsenal`s attempts out and we can come away with a respectable result, win, lose or draw. One thing is certain; I don`t think it will be a quiet time for our Brian!

Back to the Future

The Clarets got a well-earned point against Arsenal at Turf Moor earlier in the season. The 1-1 draw last December was a little bit of an injustice considering Fletcher got a perfectly good goal but was ruled offside despite the cameras showing clearly that he wasn`t!

Graham Alexander got our goal that day from a penalty on the half-hour mark after Fabregas had put Arsenal ahead after 15 minutes.

We covered our games against Arsenal in the 1975-76 season, the last time we were in the top flight in some detail in our regular 'Back to the Future` series on Vital Burnley. (Back to the Future Part One-1975-76, Arsenal & All That!)

That season of course we were relegated never to return for another 33 years but the first game we played in 1975-6 was against Arsenal at Turf Moor on the Saturday 16th August 1975 in front of a crowd of 18,831 fans and we got a point in a 0-0 draw. We lost the return game at Highbury 1-0 on the 20th December that year and were then destined to never to play Arsenal again in a league game for the next 34 years.

The Clarets did not even play them in a Cup competition until an FA Cup clash at Turf Moor on the 6th January 2008 just two months into the reign of new manager, Owen Coyle. We went down 2-0 in the end in a match remembered more for the antics of former Clarets striker and winger, Kyle Lafferty. Lafferty came close to opening the scoring after his header hit the bar early in the game before Eduardo put Arsenal ahead after 6 minutes. On the hour mark though Lafferty was dubiously sent off for a challenge on Gilberto and the game was beyond our reach when Bendtner scored Arsenal`s second on 75 minutes.

Having not played Arsenal in 33 years until that game we then played them twice again in just over a year. We have already mentioned the Carling Cup quarter final match at Turf Moor when we defeated the Young Gunners 2-0 thanks to a brace of goals from Kevin McDonald after 6 and 57 minutes back in December 2008. We only then drew them again in the FA Cup a few months later. This time though the clash was at the Emirates and we were simply outclassed and outplayed by a strong Arsenal team and went down 3-0 in March this year.

Ref Watch:

Staffordshire referee, Alan Wiley is in charge of this match. This is the first league match this season he will have been the referee for a game involving the Clarets.

Match Prediction:

A 2-0 defeat would be some achievement considering who we are playing and our current form. I have religiously refused to predict a defeat all season on the road and we haven`t won one yet so what the hell 3-0 Arsenal! I said 6-0 to the Gunners in the Vital Burnley Prediction League but that was just after the Pompey Horror Show and I was depressed and angry!

Next Match

It is time for Stoke City at Turf Moor. This is the rearranged match that was postponed due to snow and ice last January and just as well since we were in the middle of a managerial upheaval at the time.

Don`t forget the match has also been put back a further day due to Stoke`s progress in the FA Cup and will now be played on Wednesday 10th March (Kick-Off 7:45pm)

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 5 2010

Time: 10:37AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Oh well here goes, you lads and lasses that are going, a few of us will be in the Drayton Arms (opposite Emirates) from about 12 noon. If you want to join us,get there early the pub gets rammed and the crowd usually spills onto the street and into the off-licence next door!!
Report Abuse
05/03/2010 10:40:00
A like a trip to Arsenal as I love the fact I can walk down to the ground fromy sister-in-laws. Sadly (or happily?) my new born son prevents me getting to this one, so radio 5 live and interrupted internet coverage will probably be the order of the day. I could see a mad one like 2-7 Arsenal, though I'll go for an optimistic 0-4, before us beating Stoke at home on Wednesday.
Report Abuse
05/03/2010 16:46:00
Em,they need 4-0 to go top of league! All a bit ominous! Oh well, we have to get six points in next two games no matter what happens at Emirates! Two wins, first Stoke & then Wolves both at home!? I wish I was confident
Report Abuse
05/03/2010 16:54:00
On current form, this is a write-off game and anything less than a 3-0 loss will be a bonus especially if we revert to playing good football again. On the other hand, if we do manage to find our form then this could be interesting as we've always raised our game against the big boys. The serious games come next, both must win games . I'm expecting zilch tomorrow, but I'll be seriously hoping for a good performance and . . . .
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 00:15:00
I think Grezza will play and add that experience to the middle of the park, I recognise Grezza's failings but his football brain and desire encourages those around him. We were woeful in midfield against Pompey imo
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 07:41:00
Fletcher misses out with his Broken hand Nugent replaces him, Bikey drops to the bench with a welcome return for Alexander Team line-ups:Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Carlisle, Cort, Fox, Alexander, Eagles, Cork, McDonald, Paterson, Nugent. Subs: Duff, Elliott, Blake, Bikey, Jordan, Thompson, Weaver. Arsenal: Almunia, Fabregas, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Nasri, Walcott, Denilson, Silvestre, Clichy, Eboue, Bendtner. Subs: Diaby, Sagna, Eduardo, Arshavin, Traore, Eastmond, Fabianski.
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 14:29:00
4 Minutes in Arsenal have already had two good chances
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:10:00
Corner to Burnley ,Carlisle heads straight at the keeper
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:12:00
Bolton beating West Ham oh dear!!!
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:14:00
Bolton now 2-0 up yes you guessed it Wilshere
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:26:00
free-kick to Burnley just outside the box fox takes keeper saves
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:28:00
Yellow card for McDonald
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:30:00
Fabregas scores for Arsenal 1-0 Burnley
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:37:00
Fabregas now off for Diaby hopefully that will keep the damage limitations down?
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:47:00
keep the faith lads because you are a good footballing side and deserve to stay up rather than cloggers like bolton.
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:52:00
Half-time then Arsenal 1-0 Burnley, we are still in it
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 15:52:00
Second-half Bendtner misses two sitters, Paterson yellow carded
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:11:00
Yeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss Nugent scores for Burnley lovely chip over the keeper get in there Arsenal 1-1 Burnley
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:14:00
Cheers BM missed your post there ;-) Elliott on for McDonald, Arsenal with a host of chances come on Burnley ride it out
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:20:00
Walcott slips the ball into the corner of the net, had to happen we were under to much pressure!!! Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:24:00
Bendter misses another sitter lol
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:27:00
Alexander off for Bikey 66 mins
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:28:00
Yellow card for Carlisle
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:31:00
Elliott booked now
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:34:00
Thompson on for Paterson
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:37:00
How Arsenal are not in double figures with the amount of chances they have had I will never know but we are still in it Come on the Clarets!!!!
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:44:00
Corner to Burnley over the bar by Thompson
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:47:00
Extra -time 4 minutes
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:53:00
Arshavin makes it 3-1 to Arsenal in extra-time now full-time no surprises then :-(
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 16:59:00
Damn...its no disgrace getting beat of these lot because they will give better teams than us a hammering .
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 17:19:00
Well as Welsh said further up the post, anything better than 3-0 would be OK so at least no more mental torture has been applied to the players after that. We actually need to take inspiration from Bolton. They looked in trouble and have now won two on the bounce and the world looks a different place. The biggest week of our season starts now.
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 17:22:00
im 100% sure we will be ok because we are a better footballing side than most and i really think that will be the difference for us.
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 17:27:00
At least we weren't humiliated (thanks to Bendner!). Tried to play some football. Left side of defence is useless - wingers just get past without challenge. Arsenal just too good. Big mistake by Laws though was not playing Cork against Pompey - adds a bit of class to midfield. Bikey should stay on the bench, played rubbish when he came on and gave the ball away again so often. McDonald poor as was Elliott when he came on. Carlisle redeemed himself, Mears played much better, Nugent finished very well. This game is past. Now we need to win games. The main chance we have is that Wolves and Hull and maybe Wigna will go down with Pompey and we have to play them all. We need to beat them to have any chance. C'mon you Clarets!
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 17:46:00
What was that about Bolton being cloggers BM? West Haaaaaaaaaaaaaam for the drop please, along with Pompey and Hull
Roberto Bettega
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 19:51:00
At the back we had more let-offs than we could have expected but I thought that the interesting part (from our point of view) was up front. When Arsenal slacked off there was a distinct change in the way we were working the ball and it seemed more effective. Not sure if this is something that Laws is working on or the players working better together. Anyone else notice this?
Report Abuse
06/03/2010 23:29:00
We are never going to beat the likes of Arsenal away from home,the difference in quality and class is plain for all to see. You get what you can pay for or in our case get what you are not willing to pay for! It could have been a panful for Arsenal had they been able to shoot or head straight. We had one good spell in the second half but it was never going to be enough. The goal shut them up for a bit but that's all These games are not important you write them off before you even come on the pitch. It was a damage limititation exercise for us and 3-1 is a respectable score although I thought a goal in added time rubbed it in a bit! The next two games ARE crucial and if we can not get maximum points against Stoke and Wolves at home it is game over Arsenal march report to follow
Report Abuse
07/03/2010 08:45:00

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

We Move On - Dyche (Tuesday February 21 2017)

Video - Burnley 0-1 Lincoln (Monday February 20 2017)

Stats: Burnley v Lincoln City (Sunday February 19 2017)

Burnley v Lincoln - Follow Live On Twitter (Saturday February 18 2017)

Keane - The Club Is Growing (Tuesday February 14 2017)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. WBA 13 4 5 4 1 17
10. AFC Bournemouth 12 4 3 5 -2 15
11. Stoke 13 3 5 5 -6 14
12. Burnley 13 4 2 7 -9 14
13. Southampton 11 3 4 4 0 13
14. Leicester City 13 3 4 6 -6 13
15. Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 -3 12

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Man City : 21/02/2017 21:35:01
Liverpool: Ref Watch 16/17 - Leicester City (Away)
Liverpool : 21/02/2017 17:40:01
City Will Sell to a Top-Six Rival
Chelsea : 21/02/2017 17:24:00
United Linked to Brazilian Striker
Man Utd : 21/02/2017 17:12:01
United Take 20-Man Squad to Saint Etienne
Man Utd : 21/02/2017 17:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

FAC - Lincoln MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Heaton 1%
Darikwa 36%
Keane 0%
Tarkowski 18%
Flanagan 0%
Berg Gudmundsson 9%
Westwood 0%
Barton 18%
Arfield 9%
Gray 0%
Vokes 0%
Sub - Boyd 0%
Sub - Barnes 9%