Newbies, Returnees and Kiddies – Arsenal v Burnley – Elneny to clatter Barton?


Newbies, Returnees and Kiddies

I’m not normally one for writing previews, but this week I thought I’d give it ago.

 Sunday Morning (AEDT) Burnley roll into town and The Arsenal  continue their second defence of the Emirates (FA) Cup. (That would be a lovely Saturday 3pm for you guys back home)


In true Wenger cup fashion, I’m predicting the starting XI to consist of Newbies, Returnees and Kiddies.

In goal;


He’s fit, therefore he plays and hopefully he doesn’t repeat his antics in his last cup outing vs  Olympiacos

 At the back;

Gibbs, The Angel Gabriel, Kos & Chambers

Monreal should get his usual domestic cup rest bite.

BFG’s sending off limits the options at centre back and Hector in need of a well earned rest, Chambers should drop into the position he got his England cap for.

Gabriel celebration of FA Cup Goal

Gabriel celebration of FA Cup Goal

The Engine Room;

Elneny, The Ox, Billy Joel, Iwobi, Alexis

Le Coq’s backup should get his chance to show his worth and I hope he has been told all about Joey Barton!

Moey meet Joey

Moey meet Joey

The Ox should get a run in his favourite position.

Iwobi  should get his chance to continue his development as Ozil’s protégé.

Billy and the revitalised Alexis should run riot on the wings.

Ozil's Protege

Ozil’s Protege

Up top;


Last weekend proved that Theo needs more time to get him form back. Ollie knows where the back of the net is and deserves a run after Wenger’s mistake of taking him off last week.


Well that’s my thoughts anyway, I’m sure Arsene knows better or perhaps you do? Let us know in the comments.

 Oh and Burnley? – The Far Side has not got a clue but Alex will be back soon with a proper Preview.

The Far Sides Score;

2-0 and wait for the last 16 draw.

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