Arsenal v Burnley squad news: Xhaka, Partey, Chambers, Leno
Arsenal have a quick turnaround between matches this week. The Gunners played the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final just three days before kick-off here against Burnley.
Honestly, they couldn’t have chosen a better team to help them erase the painful memory of a semi-final loss. Simply put, the Gunners love playing Burnley.
Although they lost the same game against the Clarets last season, their record against Burnley is incredible.
Last season’s loss was their first in 18 league games against Burnley FC. The Clarets have only won two consecutive away matches against Arsenal in their entire history. Both happened over 60 years ago.
The stage is set for the Gunners to collect three precious Championship points and write their semi-final defeat in the history books.
Arsenal v Burnley For info:
Kick-off time: 17:30 GMT, January 23, 2022
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Form guide (all competitions): Arsenal (WLLDL) Burnley (LDLLL)
Here’s all the latest news from the North London Red Side team. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka will not be available for this clash as they are serving red card suspensions.
Xhaka picked up his red card in the opening minutes of the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Partey got his back in the second leg of the same game. Having just returned from a poor performance at the AFCON with Ghana a few hours earlier, Mikel Arteta replaced him in the 74th minute. He took his first booking just ten minutes later and received his marching orders just five minutes later. Comical.
The Gunners have two players still playing in AFCON with Mohamed El Neny representing Egypt and Nicolas Pepe playing for Ivory Coast.
These are only suspensions and absentees from the CAN.
There’s just a dinkum injury crisis that has hit the Emirates Stadium. There are even rumors that this game might not even take place, such is the dire state of Arsenal’s first team outside of their starting XI.
Callum Chambers and Bernd Leno both suffer from different back problems. Neither has a return date listed, so it could be a while before we see either.
Cedric Soares is nursing a hip complaint which also puts him on the injured list for the foreseeable future. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Mikel Arteta’s accusations. Watch this space, this match has a report written all over it.
It’s telling that even in the face of this unprecedented injury crisis, disgraced former captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has still not appeared as a substitute.
Although club doctors cleared him of any heart issues and COVID symptoms earlier this week. There is apparently no turning back for the Gabon striker at Arsenal.
If this game continues, I pick the Gunners to win easily, despite their injury crisis.