It was not really too difficult tp pick a Man of the Match from the Arsenal win over Burnley in the fourth round of the FA cup, despite some impressive performances from the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Alex Iwobi and the Ox because the star man Alexis Sanchez scored the winner and set up the opener as well as being the best player on the pitch.
When Alexis Sanchez limped off the pitch as Arsenal were held to a draw away to Norwich City at the end of November, a lot of Arsenal fans were left fearing for what might happen to our season without the Chile international. But as the Gunners managed a very good run of results in December without the star man, we might have become a bit blasè about what he brings to the team.
Arsenal were at times very close to our brilliant best against a hard working, determined and in form Burnley side. Despite Arsene Wenger making a whole host of changes to the Gunners starting line up, he was not taking this FA cup fourth round tie lightly and with a bit of luck we would have won it by a big margin.
When Arsenal beat Liverpool in the 1971 FA cup final thanks to a dramatic late winner from Charlie George it was our fourth victory in the world’s oldest football competition but it was also the first time the Gunners had managed a league and cup double.
Because of the ongoing injury situation at Arsenal, along with the brilliant form of our German international play maker this season, Arsene Wenger has found it very difficult to give Mesut Ozil any time off. But with the Premier League and the fitness of our key player in mind, the boss did not include him in the FA cup squad today and instead gave the number 10 role to young academy star Alex Iwobi.