Arsenal are set to travel to Dubai after Sunday’s clash with Burnley.
Now that the Gunners have no chance of winning a trophy this season, they will do everything to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night after a disappointing 2-0 semi-final second leg loss to Liverpool, but they still have a cry of qualification for Europe’s top competition next season.
However, a mix of injuries, positive coronavirus cases, suspension and the Africa Cup of Nations has left Mikel Arteta with depleted ranks – leading to the postponement of the North London derby last weekend at Tottenham.
Burnley have also struggled with numbers lately, and they haven’t played a league game since January 2.
But the Gunners are set to travel to Dubai in the coming days as they look to freshen up before they face Wolves on February 10.
Asked how badly Arsenal needed a break, Arteta replied, via the Independent: “That’s why we want to play on Sunday because we want to take away the disappointment from Thursday and the best way to do that is to play, to play and win.
“It’s always a big challenge to play against Burnley and the experience we have with this team is always that they do what they do really well.
“They cause a lot of difficulty in the game and we’re going to have to be really ready to compete and play the game we want against them.
“After that we have the break, we know that and we use it in the best possible way to recover the number of players we need to compete at this level.”
The away trip may be just what Arsenal need to get their season going again, and Arteta hopes it works out well.