Arsenal vs Burnley: Partey & Xhaka banned

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Arsenal vs Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday; kick-off 2pm.

Team news

Arsenal will be without two key midfielders as they welcome Burnley to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are suspended for the game with the pair sent off in either leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Arsenal need to demand more ahead of their clash with Burnley in the Premier League, following their Carabao Cup exit against Liverpool

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s involvement remains up in the air while Cedric Soares (hip), Bernd Leno (back) and Calum Chambers (neck) all missed the second leg with Mohamed Elneny and Nicolas Pepe still at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Burnley still face uncertainty over which players might be available for the match, having not played since the FA Cup defeat to Huddersfield on January 8 following a Covid-19 outbreak and with only 16 players taking part in training on Friday.

Several have returned in the past 48 hours but their fitness must be assessed after a spell out, with Eric Pieters, Dale Stephens and Johann Berg Gudmundsson only training for the first time on Friday.

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he hopes that their recent disruption due to Covid is now behind them but has been a reality of the situation in the country

Ashley Barnes remains out with injury, Charlie Taylor is doubtful with an injury problem and though Sean Dyche said Matej Vydra is available, the striker is dealing with a hernia problem which may require surgery.

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A look at some of the key statistics ahead of Matchweek 23 in the Premier League

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Jones Knows prediction

If Ben White, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsdale are fit to play, I’m backing Arsenal to win without conceding. It’s a simple strategy but one that has led to plenty of profit this season.

Since that axis was formed, Arsenal have not conceded a goal before the 38th minute in 18 fixtures. It’s providing Mikel Arteta with a fantastic platform to work from and results are going their way. The home defeat to Man City was their first loss in 12 home games in all competitions and Arteta’s boys certainly deserved more than they got.

Arsenal’s record under Arteta against relegation-threatened teams also should instil plenty of confidence in a comfortable win without conceding. The Gunners beat all the relegated teams away from home without conceding last season to an aggregate score of 8-0 and have already seen off Burnley, Newcastle, Watford and Norwich (twice) while keeping clean sheets this season. Some will argue Burnley will be fresher than the Gunners but such is the lack of firepower within Sean Dyche’s ranks – Maxwell Cornet is away at AFCON and Chris Wood has been sold – Arsenal probably won’t need to be at maximum capacity to land the spoils.


BETTING ANGLE: Arsenal to win to nil (6/5 with Sky Bet)

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  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 18 league games against Burnley (W12 D5), though it did come in this exact fixture last season (0-1 thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang own goal).
  • Burnley are looking to win consecutive away league games against Arsenal for just the third time, previously doing so in December 1950 and December 1960.
  • Burnley haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 17 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, since a 2-0 League Cup victory in December 2008. Only three teams have had longer runs without scoring more than one goal against the Gunners – Manchester City (25 between 1991 and 2008), Sheffield United (21, ongoing since 1992), and Wolves (20 between 1980 and 2018).
  • Burnley have won five of their last nine Premier League games in London (D1 L3), having won just three of their first 30 visits to the capital in the competition (D4 L23).
  • This is Arsenal’s first league game since their 2-1 home loss to Manchester City on New Year’s Day. The Gunners haven’t lost their first two league games to a calendar year since 2012, while they’ve not lost their first two home league games in a year since 1962.
  • Burnley are winless in their last 11 Premier League away games, drawing four and losing seven. They’ve lost their last three on the road in the competition, last losing more consecutively between November 2016 and February 2017 (7).
  • No side has conceded the first goal in fewer Premier League games than Arsenal this season (4). However, the Gunners are the only side to have lost 100% of their Premier League games when conceding first this term.
  • Burnley’s last two away league games have ended in 3-1 defeats (vs Leeds and Manchester United) – they’ve not conceded 3+ goals in three consecutive away games since October 2016.
  • Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last five Premier League games, scoring four and assisting two in these matches. If he registers a goal or assist in this match, he’d be the youngest to do so in six consecutive appearances in the competition’s history (20 years 140 days).
  • Martin Odegaard has been involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Arsenal (3 goals, 3 assists), two more than he had in his first 25 games in the competition (2 goals, 2 assists).

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PART ONE | After their dramatic, late victory at Leicester, the panel assess whether Antonio Conte’s Tottenham can crack the Stamford Bridge code and haul Chelsea back into the wide open race for the top four

PART TWO | Cristiano Ronaldo’s tantrum stole the headlines but having bounced back at Brentford have Ralf Rangnick and Man Utd built enough momentum to capitalise on the West Ham fragilities exposed by Leeds and boost their top-four chances? Plus: with an 11-point lead at the summit, can champions Man City afford to take their foot of the gas at Southampton?

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Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool highlights

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vs Liverpool. Carabao Cup Semi-Final.

Emirates StadiumAttendance59,360.



  • T Partey (sent off
    90th minute)



  • D Jota (19th minute, 77th minute)

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Jota double fires Liverpool into Carabao final

Diogo Jota fired Liverpool into the final of the Carabao Cup as they beat Arsenal 2-0 on aggregate.

Arsenal had held on for a resilient goalless draw with 10 men in the first leg seven days ago, but Diogo Jota broke their resistance on 19 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, and added a second with 13 minutes to go to seal the victory.

The Gunners saw another player dismissed as Thomas Partey, back early from the Africa Cup of Nations after Ghana’s surprise exit, was sent off in the 90th minute for two bookings having only come on as a substitute 16 minutes earlier.

Liverpool will face Chelsea in the final at Wembley on Sunday, February 27, taking Jurgen Klopp closer to a first domestic trophy with the club.

Brilliant Jota fires Liverpool into the final

Arsenal started brilliantly – with Alexandre Lacazette hitting the crossbar from an early free-kick – but a warning shot from Liverpool changed the course of the game. Joel Matip was alert to poke in from Fabinho’s header on a corner, but was flagged offside.

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Diogo Jota opens the scoring for Liverpool against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

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Diogo Jota scored his and Liverpool’s second goal against Arsenal after it was referred to VAR in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Team news

  • Takehiro Tomisayu and Emile Smith Rowe came back into the Arsenal starting line-up, while Thomas Partey was on the bench following his return from AFCON.
  • For Liverpool there were starts for goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and young forward Kaide Gordon.

It seemed to make Arsenal a little jittery, and six minutes later Jota brilliantly took advantage as he picked up a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold before cutting inside Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White, then finding the bottom corner with a slightly scuffed finish past the stretched arm of Aaron Ramsdale.

And with 13 minutes to go it was Jota again who sealed the game. Alexander-Arnold was the man with the pass again as he lifted one over the top into his run, and the Portuguese forward raced through to dink over Ramsdale. Initially flagged offside, the goal was eventually given by VAR.

Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports Football:

“He is such an intelligent footballer. There’s a lot of elements to his game that we like, but he even knew – he looked across the line and he knew he wasn’t offside. He’s aware, he can see along the line, he made his run perfectly.

“I was so impressed with his game today. He looked like a man who thought ‘I’m going to show what I’m capable of’. It was his time. He started the game well and it makes the difference. Everything he did today was magnificent.”

Player ratings

Arsenal: Ramsdale (5), Tomiyasu (4), White (5), Gabriel (6), Tierney (6), Lokonga (6), Odegaard (6), Saka (5), Smith Rowe (6), Martinelli (7), Lacazette (5)

Subs used: Partey (2), Nketiah (5)

Liverpool: Kelleher (7), Alexander-Arnold (9), Matip (4), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (8), Fabinho (7), Henderson (7), Jones (7), Gordon (6), Jota (9), Firmino (6)

Subs used: Konate (6), Milner (6), Minamino (5), Williams (n/a)

Man of the match: Diogo Jota

Partey’s day to forget | Merse: ‘Arteta shouldn’t have put him on’

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Thomas Partey received two yellow cards in a short space of time which saw him get sent off shortly after coming off the bench for Arsenal.

It was a couple of days to forget for Partey. After Ghana had crashed out of AFCON, the midfielder was rushed back by Arsenal and, despite only landing back in London at 12pm on the day of the game, was named on the bench by Mikel Arteta.

Introduced in the second half by Mikel Arteta in a bid to salvage the game, Partey instead picked up two quick yellow cards, leading to an early bath. It was the third time in four games Arsenal have finished with 10 men.

Thomas Partey will be suspended for Sunday's meeting with Burnley

Paul Merson on Sky Sports Football:

“It’s definitely fatigue. He’s been on a long flight, even if you’re in first class. They’re lazy, late tackles. I thought it was a big ask for him to come on. The game was virtually finished and sometimes you’ve got to have a bit more game management about you. There’s got to be a bit more common sense, like ‘I can’t dive in there’. He’s never getting the ball in a month of Sunday’s.

“When you’re on the pitch and the manager puts you on and you say you’re okay, you’ve got to make good decisions. Arsenal are not a physical team but they’re blowing everyone away with the red cards. I didn’t get the substitution anyway. Partey for Smith Rowe, they’re losing the game and Partey isn’t going to come on and get a brace. He shouldn’t have put him on.”

Klopp delighted to reach final

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Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Diogo Jota who scored both Liverpool’s goals in their 2-0 win against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “We’re over the moon. It’s a difficult game, a difficult time generally, we just have to get through it. We try everything we can, and what the boys did tonight against a really strong Arsenal side was really exceptional.

“We scored two wonderful goals, Jota was on fire, but the passes too. I don’t think a lot of people in the stadium saw Diogo in that position for the second goal, but Trent did which was helpful and he finished it off – absolutely outstanding.

“We were completely convinced when he arrived he’d help us massively. There’s so many things before you sign a player, nowadays you can watch 100 games, we were really confident but since he’s been here he’s made another step. He’s turned into a world-class striker, and that’s really helpful for us.”

Arteta: We were beaten by a top side

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Mikel Arteta said Arsenal did not take their chances and were punished by Liverpool in the 2-0 defeat which saw yet another red card for the Gunners which concerns the Arsenal manager.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta: “We’re really disappointed not to be in the final – but we played against a top side. We had big moments in the first half, and the second half. When you have those, you have to score.

“The first time they went through our press with a bit of luck they scored. With one pass, they are in front of goal, and when they are there they put the game to bed.

“We had good moments, we had good situations – but we have to score in those situations. We have to score goals to go through, and we’re out.”

Merson: Arsenal didn’t do enough

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Jamie Redknapp and Paul Merson felt nerves got the better of Arsenal’s youngsters in their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Paul Merson on Sky Sports Football:

“They’ll be disappointed. These chances don’t come along too often – semi-finals of cup competitions – and they’ll be disappointed. I don’t see too many of the player sitting in the dressing room thinking ‘I did enough tonight’.

“They didn’t live up to their potential. And this is the problem Arteta has – this is a young team and one minute they’re up there and then down there and that is the problem.

“Arsenal fans have to be patient with that. They’re bringing youngsters through and you want that, but that’s what is going to happen. You just didn’t hope it was going to be in the semi-final of a big competition. It’s a shame really.”

When is the Carabao Cup final?

Liverpool will face Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday, February 27.

What’s next for Arsenal and Liverpool?

Sunday 23rd January 1:00pm

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Both sides are back in Premier League action on Sunday at 2pm. Arsenal host Burnley, while Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace for the first part of Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm.

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Arsenal-Liverpool ratings: Jota sensational, Partey nightmare


Aaron Ramsdale – 5

Should have done better for the opening goal as he was wrong-footed by Jota’s scuffed finish and beaten again by the Portuguese international when he raced through on goal for the second.

Takehiro Tomiyasu – 4

Back in the side following a calf injury and looked rusty. Beaten far too easily for Jota’s opener, allowing the Liverpool forward to cut inside from the right, and continued to struggle from then on. Booked for a foul on Curtis Jones in the second half.

Ben White – 5

Like Tomiyasu to his right, struggled to contain Jota, who had the beating of him all night and got away from him to race through on goal for Liverpool’s second goal.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 6

Had fewer issues than his defensive colleagues on the opposite side but lacked his usual authority. Had some awkward moments in possession too.

Kieran Tierney – 6

Had a few bright moments as Arsenal threatened in the early stages but unable to cause Liverpool problems after that and struggled with his distribution, completing only 78 per cent of his passes.

Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6

Overrun at times as the only natural central midfielder in Arsenal’s sarting line-up, but did create their best chance of the second half with an excellent ball over the top for Alexandre Lacazette.

Martin Odegaard – 6

Returned to the starting line-up after missing the first leg with Covid. Looked bright in the early stages, playing in a deeper role than usual, but his influence waned as the game wore on.

Bukayo Saka – 5

So often Arsenal’s most dangerous player but expertly shackled by Andrew Robertson on Arsenal’s right flank. Helped create a late opportunity for Gabriel Martinelli but quiet overall.

Emile Smith Rowe – 6

Lively in the opening stages, his pressing unsettling Joel Matip on a couple of occasions, but uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at key moments. Blazed over with one effort in the second half before making way for Thomas Partey.

Emile Smith Rowe shows his frustration at the Emirates Stadium
Emile Smith Rowe shows his frustration at the Emirates Stadium

Gabriel Martinelli – 7

Arsenal’s only dangerous attacking player, his speed and directness causing Liverpool problems. Almost equalised with a diagonal effort which was pushed over by Caoimhin Kelleher but lost possession in the build-up to Liverpool’s second.

Alexandre Lacazette – 5

Saw an early free-kick pushed onto the woodwork by Kelleher but offered little otherwise and missed an excellent chance to equalise after the break when he fired over from Lokonga’s ball over the top.


Thomas Partey – 2

A nightmare for the Ghanaian as his sending off capped a dismal night for the hosts. Only returned from AFCON duty at midday on Thursday and given his marching orders just 16 minutes after coming off the bench following two needless fouls. Will now be suspended for Sunday’s meeting with Burnley.

Thomas Partey will be suspended for Sunday's meeting with Burnley
Thomas Partey will be suspended for Sunday’s meeting with Burnley

Eddie Nketiah – 5

Thrown on in place of Lacazette but fared little better than the Frenchman.


Caoimhin Kelleher – 7

Started well as he pushed Lacazette’s free-kick onto the crossbar in the fifth minute. Twice denied Martienlli in the second half – one a good stop on a tight angle – but overall, a much quieter evening than he had in the quarter-finals.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9

A brilliant assist for Diogo Jota’s opener, sweeping the ball forward from midfield. Set up the second too in a similar brilliant fashion, picking up a loose ball before chipping it over the top for Jota. Continued to ping balls across the field and deliver dangerous set-pieces in another incredibly impressive evening.

Joel Matip – 4

An error-prone performance. At fault for Arsenal’s early free-kick, fouling Saka as Lacazette hit the crossbar with the resultant set-piece. Did find the net, but was flagged for offside and lucky not to have seen any of his errors lead to an Arsenal goal. Substituted at half-time.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Mr Reliable delivers again. Was almost beaten by Martinelli on one occasion, but was saved by Fabinho. That moment aside, interceptions and clearance were good as ever in another solid performance from the Dutchman.

Andy Robertson – 8

Marshalled Saka really well on his 200th Liverpool appearance. Made two good blocks to deny the Arsenal winger in the first half, and could have added the Liverpool second when he sent a shot through the area in the 76th minute. More good set-piece deliveries as Liverpool’s full-backs shone again.

Fabinho – 7

Made a vital block in 28th minute to stop Martinelli from going through on goal. Ended the game with the most shots for Liverpool (3) too, although none were on target and most were from range.


Jordan Henderson – 7

At the time of his substitution in the 75th minute, he had the highest passing accuracy of the Liverpool side at 94 per cent and made a joint-team high of three tackles. Helped keep things ticking over well in midfield.

Curtis Jones – 7

Did well alongside stalwarts Fabinho and Henderson in midfield. Didn’t sparkle but didn’t make any errors either. Won possession the second-highest number of times (6 – along with Robertson). A solid evening.

Kaide Gordon – 6

A third start for the 17-year-old, who was mostly quiet in the first half. Should have scored when he blazed an effort over in the 51st minute. Substituted 12 minutes later.

Diogo Jota – 9

Scintillating in Liverpool’s attack and man of the match. His first goal was a scuffed effort, but the second was a wonderful finish. Only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals for Liverpool this season than Jota’s 14 in all competitions.

Could have added an assist early after the break too, only for Gordon to fire over and is doing a brilliant job at negating the absence of Salah and Sadio Mane.

Roberto Firmino – 6

A quiet evening for the Brazilian, although he did produce a lovely flick for Alexander-Arnold’s assist. However, he ended the game having had no shots and was substituted in the 84th minute.


Ibrahima Konate – 6

Marshalled the defence well in the second half and saw a header crash off the post in the 59th minute. Picked up a booking, but still performed better overall than Matip.

Takumi Minamino – 5

Made a cameo of around half an hour. Had a scuffed effort shortly after coming on, but otherwise didn’t test Arsenal too much. Booked in the 91st minute

James Milner – 6

Would you expect anything else than a solid 15 minutes from Milner? Took the armband from Henderson – who he replaced – and saw the game out well.

Neco Williams – n/a

Came on the 84th minute.

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Auba offered Saudi loan | Melo agent in London

Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr have offered to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan until the end of the season.

Sky Sports News reported earlier this month Arsenal would consider offers this month for their former skipper, who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in December after a disciplinary breach.

Reports have suggested Al Nassr’s loan offer includes an obligation to buy.

The 32-year-old has 18 months left on his contract and an exit in this transfer window would represent a saving of around £25m in wages for the rest of his contract.

Aubameyang has recently returned to London from the Africa Cup of Nations for medical examinations after being diagnosed with heart lesions following a positive test for Covid-19. The Gabon international did not feature in either of the team’s first two group games at the tournament.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in London for examinations after the Gabon striker left the AFCON tournament early due to a medical issue

Asked about Aubameyang’s situation, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said at a news conference on Wednesday: “He’s in London and now he’s going through some examinations because we haven’t had any clarity from the Gabon national team about the reasons why he came back.

“Obviously it’s our obligation to make sure that medically he is safe and in good condition. Historically, with everything we’ve done with the player, he has never had that issue.”

Aubameyang has not featured for Arteta’s side since the club’s 2-1 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on December 6.

He has made 15 appearances across all competitions this season and scored four league goals.

Arsenal want to sign Arthur on loan

Arsenal want to sign Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo on loan, with the Brazilian’s agent in London on Wednesday for talks with the Gunners.

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo is an Arsenal target

The Italian side want an option or obligation to buy in the summer included in the deal.

Juve also want to line up a replacement before allowing the 25-year-old to leave.

Arthur moved to Juventus 18 months ago from Barcelona as part of a swap deal with Miralem Pjanic.

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