Do Arsenal have bigger things on their mind? Or is retaining the FA Cup for a second time – a possible third trophy in a row – high up on the list of priorities?
Saturday’s game against Burnley might just answer that question.
With Burnley riding high in the Championship and looking for promotion back to the Premier league at the first time of asking, Arsenal will have to be wary of their lower league opposition as they have serious ambitions of playing their football at the same level as Arsenal.
Indeed, Burnley’s team is likely to be made up of the same calibre of players who performed so admirably in the Premier League last season. Sean Dyche was able to keep a hold of his squad and use their season in the top flight as a step along their route of progression, rather than a disappointing season to be forgotten about.
They’ll be eager to show up their Premier League opponents on Saturday not just because Arsenal are the cup holders and a big name, but because it shows that they are capable of competitivity at a higher level.
Arsenal will need to be wary of Burnley. They are up against a side who have a double motivation for beating them: they want to perform a giant killing, and they want to prove to the world that they belong in the Premier League.
Here are the starting XIs:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2016
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 30, 2016