Burnley 0-2 Arsenal – 06/01/08 – (FA Cup) 6 January, 2008Posted by lasagnechef in Cup Games.
We’re through to the 4th round of the FA Cup after beating Burnley in a game where we hardly broke sweat. We never really got into gear properly but we didn’t need to. It was a very mix and match side, Gilberto started ahead of Diarra who wasn’t even in the squad, is he leaving Arsenal then? More than probably. Other than that it was the tea I expected.
Toure was playing his last game before going off too Africa with the Ivory Coast. He put in a good performance as captain and showed how much we’re really going to miss him. As for Eboue, the African Nations Cup just can’t come soon enough for him. Kolo’s partner at the back was Senderos and he was ok, had some bad moments but he played alright and at the end of the day he helped keep a clean sheet.
The home side started well and they hit the bar after 6 minutes. It was a little worrying with Burnley on top but we opened the scoring in the 9th minute against the early run of play. Toure played the ball over the top for Eddy who timed his run perfectly and as soon as this guy is one-on-one with the ‘keeper you know it’s a goal. He took it up close to Kiraly and just poked it in the net.
The first half was quite open in terms of who might get that vital second goal. Both teams had great chances; Gilberto’s header was saved on the line and Burnley, on two occasions, blasted the ball over the bar from close range.
We were 1-0 up at half time, the Burnley fans and the BBC thought the home side were on top and the Premier League leaders were lucky. Yes we weren’t completely dominating but Burnley weren’t good enough for us even though our reserve side wasn’t playing their best football.
6 minutes into the second half Eduardo had a great chance to get his second. His finish went just wide, something we haven’t seen too much of recently. I thought after that we might have a more exiting second half to look forward too but not a lot really happened. The home side wanted something from this but their chances weren’t helped when Kyle Lafferty was sent off for a bad challenge on Gilberto. There’s been a lot of debate about it, some saying the dismissal was harsh, however if Gilberto’s studs were in the ground that could’ve broken his leg and a challenge that is that dangerous deserves a red. If he’s have got away with a yellow it wouldn’t have been the crime of the century but he would’ve been very, very lucky.
That sending off raised the temperature a bit and the home side really wanted to find an equalizer but we got the second goal with 15 minutes to go and it was game over. Eduardo played a great ball for Bendtner who made a sideways run into space. He side-footed the goalie and put the ball in the back of the net to take us through to the 4th round.
There was no comeback for Burnley now and we finished comfortable winners. Lehmann kept a clean sheet is possibly his last Arsenal performance, but with Diarra not even in the squad I think he is closer to the exit door than Jens at the moment. The back four did their job, Traore and Senderos had some iffy moments but they came through ok. Bendtner and Eduardo were great up front again. The midfield wasn’t so good, quite uninspiring which meant our game never really got going but we won so who cares? The cup isn’t about performances, it’s about results.
Next up it’s Spurs in the Kiddy Cup on Wednesday. Build up to come. Thanks for reading.