Arsenal played a blinder on Thursday night and there will be many players still basking in the euphoria of reaching the Final, as well as a few tired legs after the high-powered battle in the Mestalla. But wouldn’t everyone want to play in the very last game of the season at Burnley tomorrow?
Everyone may think that it is an irrelevant game, but the fact is that we do still have a chance of making the Top Four. Burnley have absolutely nothing to play for and if they roll over I could see a superconfident Arsenal get a high-scoring win. If we could win 5 or 6-0 then the Spuds would only have to lose 2 or 3-0 and we would be back in the Big Time. It may sound unlikely given our League form, but if you don’t try you don’t succeed eh?
I am hopeful that Emery will put out an attacking team as we have nothing to lose, but will he try and protect our star players, despite there being two and a half weeks before the Final in Baku? Emery seemed to indicate that he will be rotating his tired players. “We arrived home at 6am and today we cancelled training because it’s important to rest,” he said. “Tomorrow we are going to prepare for Sunday’s match but I am going to decide with the players who are hungry and in good physical condition to play this match.
“We struggled a lot here against [Burnley]. I remember this match and I watched it two weeks ago when they drew with Chelsea. It was a very tough match against Chelsea and I’m expecting the same on Sunday in Burnley.
“We are going to play with the idea of imposing our gameplan, our capacity and our team against them. We know it’s going to be a difficult match with long balls, second actions and set-pieces, so we need to defend well in these situations.”
I honestly don’t see the need to defend. Sure we want to stay above Man United, but a draw may not even be enough to secure that, so why don’t we just go all out to destroy Burnley from the kick-off.
What do they say? Fortune favours the brave?