Arsenal vs Burnley Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Jan 2022
It has been a terrible January for Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side, who will hope to end the month with a victory over Burnley. Positive COVID-19 results, injuries, suspension and unavailability due to the Africa Cup of Nations have been the telling factors in creating those problems for the Gunners, although things are now gradually improving on all fronts. On New Year’s day, Arsenal were praised for their performance despite losing to Manchester City as the game was marred by controversy surrounding refereeing decisions. They earned further plaudits for their resilient display at Anfield in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, as they held Liverpool to a goalless draw despite going down to ten men.
An FA Cup exit at the hands of Nottingham Forest squeezed between those games, and their recent loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg means Arsenal are winless in January. There was also additional scrutiny on the club for their successful request to postpone the North London Derby, which drew the ire of Tottenham Hotspur and sections of rival fans. The Gunners will be hoping to get back on track after the defeat to Liverpool and secure three points against a struggling Burnley side at the Emirates.
Clinching three points is essential for Arteta as it would keep Arsenal firmly in the race for a top-four finish alongside Tottenham, West Ham United and Manchester United. Burnley have had an even more disruptive last month and a half due to a coronavirus outbreak. Most of their games were postponed, and between December 12 and this weekend, they have played just four matches in all competitions. The Clarets have not taken to the pitch since their FA Cup exit to Huddersfield Town earlier this month.
Burnley’s 17 games played in the Premier League represents the lowest tally of all teams, as they have played six matches fewer than Chelsea’s 23. Apart from COVID-19 infections, January has also been a troubling month for the Clarets, because they had to let top scorer Chris Wood join relegation rivals Newcastle, leaving them short in the attack.
Ideally, nothing short of a win should do for Burnley, as their only hope of getting out of the relegation zone is through victories in the league. However, considering they have won just a single game all season and none away from home, it is difficult to see them achieve an improbable result against an Arsenal side who have been formidable at the Emirates.
Another day, another Arsenal red card – this time to a player who had barely become accustomed to life back in England again before being made to take the walk of shame, as Thomas Partey’s sending off rounded off a miserable Thursday evening for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Despite welcoming many big-hitters back to the fold from injury and coronavirus, the Gunners’ EFL Cup dreams came to an end in the final four, as Diogo Jota struck either side of the break for Liverpool to propel the Reds into February’s final with Chelsea.
It is now top four or bust for Arsenal – whose request to postpone last weekend’s North London derby was granted amid widespread condemnation from rival fans and pundits – and they have now been leapfrogged by their bitter rivals following their dramatic late comeback versus Leicester City.
January has been a truly forgettable month for the Gunners with three defeats and a draw from four games in all competitions – failing to score in each of their last three – but Premier League games at the Emirates is where Arteta’s men have typically excelled.
Indeed, Arsenal’s tally of 22 points from 10 home games this term is the third best in the league, and they even gave Manchester City a good run for their money on New Year’s Day, so the Premier League’s basement side have their work cut out to make one of their several games in hand count for something.
Many Arsenal fans were quick to point out that Burnley’s wave of postponed matches did not lead to similar uproar which we saw for the North London derby cancellation, as Dyche’s side saw their relegation six-pointer with Watford called off due to a long list of absentees.
Amid calls for rule changes from the under-fire Premier League regarding the criteria for postponements, Burnley – who have now played six games fewer than Chelsea, the busiest team in the league with 23 – travel to the Emirates with a glimmer of hope of clambering to safety.
The Clarets have not taken to the pitch since being dumped out of the FA Cup by Huddersfield Town on January 8 – their third loss on the bounce in all tournaments – but they are only three points adrift of 17th-placed Watford with two games in hand on the Hornets.
Many eyes will be on how Burnley plan to replace Chris Wood after somewhat inexplicably allowing their top Premier League goalscorer to leave for a direct relegation rival, but it is also desperate times on the turf for this week’s visitors, who are one of only two teams – along with Newcastle United – still winless away from home in the 2021-22 top-flight season.
A Martin Odegaard stunner propelled Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Turf Moor earlier in the season, although that represents their only defeat from their last four versus the Gunners, who succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in this fixture last term via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal.
Burnley are going to be playing three times a week soon to get all their games played after having so many matches postponed, and with such a small squad that is going to cause them problems down the line. For now, though, that is not a factor. I know losing Chris Wood to Newcastle was a blow for the Clarets but I think they might have a point to prove here that they can cope without him. So I am going for a bit of a surprise result here. Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Liverpool is Arsenal’s biggest game of the week and, if they take their eye off the ball on Sunday, the Clarets could nick something.
Arsenal could lose their first two home league games in a calendar year for the first time since 1962.
However, Arsenal have won seven of their 10 Premier League home fixtures this season, one short of their total number of victories at the Emirates in 2020-21. The Gunners have conceded the opening goal in a league-low four games this season. However, they are the only club to have lost every match when conceding first. Eighteen of Arsenal’s 33 Premier League goals this campaign have been scored by players aged 21 or under, at least seven more than any other club. Bukayo Saka, aged 20 years and 140 days, can become the youngest player in Premier League history to score or assist in six consecutive appearances. He has scored four goals and assisted two in his past five matches.
This is Burnley’s 5,000th league match in the top four divisions (not including play-offs). They are the second club to reach this landmark, after Preston North End. The Clarets have won only once in 20 Premier League games, a 3-1 home victory against Brentford on 30 October. They are winless in all 11 Premier League away fixtures this season. Burnley’s last two away league games have ended in 3-1 defeats against Leeds and Manchester United. They’ve not conceded three or more goals in three consecutive away matches since October 2016.