Arsenal make January decision amid Burnley clash as Gunners prepare Champions League challenge


Arsenal are set to travel to Dubai following Sunday’s clash with Burnley.

Now that the Gunners no longer have a chance to win a trophy this season, they’ll be doing everything they can to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Thursday night following a disappointing 2-0 semi-final second leg defeat to Liverpool, but they still have a shout of qualifying for Europe’s best competition next season.

However, a mixture of injuries, positive coronavirus cases, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations has left Mikel Arteta with depleted ranks – leading to last weekend’s north London derby at Tottenham being postponed.

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Burnley have also struggled with numbers of late, and they haven’t played a league game since January 2.

But the Gunners are set to head to Dubai in the coming days as they look to refresh before playing Wolves on Feburary 10.

Asked how much Arsenal needed a break, Arteta replied, via the Independent: “It is why we want to play on Sunday because we want to take away the disappointment of Thursday and the best way to do that is to play and perform and win.

“It is always a big challenge to play against Burnley and the experience we have with that team, it’s always that they do really well what they do.

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“They cause a lot of difficulties in the match and we’re going to have to be really ready to compete and play the game we want to against them.

“After that we have the break, we know that and we use it in the best possible way to get back the amount of players we need to compete at this level.”

The trip away may be exactly what Arsenal need to revive their season, and Arteta will be hoping it works well.

Source by Football London

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