FA Cup : Burnley 0 – Arsenal 2

Posted: January 7, 2008 in Arsenal, FA Cup, Match Review, Win

Eduardo (8)

Adebayor (75)

Match Gunner: Eduardo (A goal and a assist got him the nod)

Eduardo is the Match Gunner 

We started with a basically second string side. This will be the last match for Eboue and Toure before they fly off for national duty with Ivory Coast. Other than them, Sagna was the only other first teamer in the starting eleven. We also had Djourou back from his loan spell at Birmingham. He was on the bench.

Goal: Almunia

Defense: Traore, Senderos, Toure, Sagna

Midfield: Diaby, Gilberto, Denilson, Eboue

Forward: Eduardo, Bendtner

We were given an almighty scare in the 4th minute when their shot hit the bar. That was a wake up call that Cup games are serious business and a lack of concentration will cost you. Dearly.

Eduardo being congratulated on his goal against Burnley

In the 10th, Eduardo continued his rich vein of form, this time courtesy of a long pass from Toure. Just when it seemed like the touch was a bit too heavy, he prodded the ball into the net. Another marvellous, simple and natural finish. What continued afterwards was a typical cup match. The underdogs worked dilligently to close down the favourites and everyone had to work hard in order to secure the result needed. Burnley had a few shots on goal but you sensed that we were not troubled much and was content to absorb the pressure and work on the counter.

Gilberto nearly headed the second only hafway through the first only for the ball to be blocked off the line. Another few good chances fell to Eboue but he continues to frustrate the Arsenal fans for his woeful decision making. Nearer to the end, Burnley had another good chance when Traore took too much time to clear the ball and was closed down ultimately losing the ball. Fortunately the shot that resulted was skied. Bendtner had an overhead “lipat” shot saved by the keeper. It was an audacious try and props to the lad. First half ended 0-1.

After the restart, Eduardo nearly got his second. His effort was a tad wide and we only have to look at the manager’s comments that he was “surprised to see Dudu miss that one” to understand that his reputation as one of the calmest finishers has grown exponentially over the festive period.

Lafferty sent off against Arsenal

60th minute, Lafferty got a red for a two footed lunge at Gilberto. A bit harsh but that’s the risk taken when a two footed studs up tackle is made. This might be a game for him to forget as he was also the one that hit the bar early in the first.

Bendtner slotting in the second goal

The game was over when we scored our second. Eduardo made good again and made a very good pass which Bendtner collected, took it round the keeper and slotted it in. A good third round FA Cup win and credit to Burnley who played a fair game. Even with Van Persie yet to return, our forward line looks mighty impressive. Bendtner, Eduardo and Adebayor are very good strikers who will easily get into double figures goalwise. Add that to the outstanding midfield; both in quantity and quality and you begin to see why Wenger is reluctant to change his squad around much. This looks as solid a team that you can want.

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