Report: Arsenal 3-0 Burnley
By Randy Osae
Various exquisite strikes from Vela, Eduardo and then Eboue, ensured Arsenal swept into an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Hull City on March 17/18.
It was retaliation on the giant-killing clarets who had conquered Arsenal’s Carling Cup youngsters and accomplished cup scalps over Premier League sides including Chelsea.
And the verdict was Burnley were easily dispatched by an on-song and on-course Gunners today.
Nearly a month ago, Eduardo da Silva charmed the Emirates Stadium with a memorable homecoming against Cardiff and the Croatian appeared with another bang today – looming out of the tunnel first among Arsenal’s queue of players with the captain’s armband.
He was leading a much revamped Arsenal side from midweek with Fabianski, Gallas, Gibbs, Diaby and Vela all benefiting from rotation. Walcott returned from his four-month lay-off to add some frill to an already rich bunch of substitutes.
Burnley showed warnings signs of their ability to muddle Arsenal on their own turf as an early spell of pressure from the clarets kept the cup tie on the boil.
But it only took the Gunners some assembling and soon they took control.
They had been patiently releasing guns until Carlos Vela decided to flick Arshavin’s pass through the legs of Clarke Carlisle, race towards goal while shrugging of obstruction from Burnley’s rushing defenders and then wrapped his foot under the ball and over goalkeeper Brian Jensen.
With the ball landing into net, every spectator relished a phenomenon worked by the Mexican whiz-kid.
The 20-year-old could have completed a brace before half-time, but was denied a strike by a last ditch tackle after receiving a quality pass from Song in danger zone. Eduardo then suffered a similar fate on the hands of Cardwell.
Arsenal were cruising but were almost pegged back by the visitors after Fabianski scrambled a corner. Burnley were then outclassed six minutes after the restart.
Song looped in a ball for Edurardo who made light of his marker on the edge of the box and volleyed it with that famous left ankle of his.
With the best of the job done, it was time for the rest.
Vela, Diaby and Eduardo all paved way for a much fresh trio of Ramsey, Walcott and Van Persie. The latter duo were the leftover of Wenger’s armoury and they made it obvious – Walcott testing Jensen with 13 minutes to go and then setting up Van Persie who could not find his feet well to volley.
If Arsenal had another goal in them, those two were likely to be accountable but it was a much different pair which provided the icing on the cake.
Gallas sent through a seeking low pass to Song who held and back-heeled it to an arriving Eboue right into the box. The Ivorian allayed his sorrows with one thunderous finish into the left corner of the net.
Burnley – bound to pull a goal back late on – struck the cross bar with a header and had a considerable penalty call ignored, but somehow Arsenal ended flawless victors.
And Chelsea awaits at Wembley, should they make little matter of another Hull visit to the Emirates in the next phase.
The future of Arsenal looks amazing and every game I see with the youth team the more I realize that AW is on to something.
Gibbs is amazing, I just hope we can keep him it will be hard with such good backs such as Gail, Sagna and him to rotate.
The future looks bright for us Gunners, just can’t wait to see the full healthy 11 back..
I missed this match (with the idea of not jinxing by watching), but I really wish I had spent time witnessing those three goals as it happened.
Overall it is a very good display of confidence and belief. It is so pleasing to see Eduardo captaining and scoring a goal. Spot on when Wenger mentioned that the return of these injured players are like new signings.So much had been said about Wenger not making enough signing during the recent transfer window. Wenger indeed knows best!
Eduardo…goal of the year?
Unreal that touch
Wenger will have a selection headache now because he has at his disposal Bendtner, Vela, Rvp, Eduardo and Walcott to bring in the goals. Anyway, it is a welcome headache compared to previous months.Opps! almost forgot Arshavin and Nasri who are as capable to bring in the goals as well.
Eduardo’s goal could be in contention to be the goal of the season. Its simply amazing to be able to score using his outside foot with such ease.
Add to that list the eventual welcomes of Rosicky, Fabregas and Adebayor.
Now that’s some luxury.
But good things don’t always last.
Vela’s goal is equally world class!
The boys showed a lot of calm and cool confidence. They were solid from back to front. Gibbs was very impressive at left back, looked smart, skilled and strong. Song was incredible box to box, showed what he is capable of doing. Eboue’s speed and runs finally paid off for him with a well struck ball across the keeper. Eduardo and Vela are going to be a formidable striker pairing, especially with the likes of Arshavin, Walcott, Denilson, Fabregas, Song, etc. feeding them with spot-on passes.
Let’s take care of Roma and Hull, the trophies are almost in sight!
“the trophies are almost in sight”….LOL. That’s jinxing for me.
Remember, good things and luxury like this don’t always last! I just can’t neglect that feeling.
I kind of agree with you Randy because we can never take anything for granted. Just look at Barcelona and Aston Villa. Both look very strong and impressive earlier but are now slipping. Arsenal must continue to be discipline, work hard and feet firmly on the ground.
Well, we’re two rounds away from the FA Cup final, if we get to the semi’s then I’d say the trophy is in sight, just not quite in our grasp. It’s possible though, barring any freak injuries.
Champions League is a bit further away, but we are in an excellent position for the away match at Roma. Not to mention, the gunners are coming together very well on the pitch, coalescing I think it’s called.
Besides I’m not worried about jinxing anything, that’s just superstitious jibber-jabber rooted in irrational fear.
Although I am not taking anything for granted when I say trophies are almost in sight. You have to see the your goals to achieve the goals, it’s just hopeful and optimistic and a mental device for success.
Realisticlly, Arsenal still have a chance of landing a trophy. I must agree especially the FA Cup.
I sometimes feel that our greatest enemy is ourselves. With this very same set of players excluding Arshavin, we have actually beaten some top European and Premier League sides. We can go all the way provided we remain discipline in our thoughts and actions.
great showing from the gunners
we hopefully achieved momentum going into our champions league tie and like subatomic man said we have 2 games untill the final for the FA cup our next tie is with hull so hopefully we can go all the way
oohhh yeahhhh lets im statingto see the 1 2 passes from my platers again lets take care off roma and hem see who we get if we win our next 5 prem games we will be in the top 4 and we should stay there stay undefeted for the rest of the season and it will bea good season it funny how things change in football so fast i love this game i fking love it
song was brilliant today. Goals were AMAZING! great game by the gunners!
Lets give Eboue props. He was fantastic today. Song was also quality. That back heal was sick!!!
finally, we are back to where we were this time last year! We will continue to improve because of the confidence and drive in the team. We are just emerging from our dry spell. It takes a good team to do that. I am optimistic those trophies will come this season.