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Burnley travel to Arsenal tomorrow and a first game against their manager Unai Emery who took over at the start of this season.

He’s seen his side make a decent start to the season but they’ve lost their last two games, one in the league at Southampton and then at home against Spurs in the League Cup and ahead of tomorrow’s game he told Arsenal’s official website: “Each match is very important and when other teams are winning, they are not stopping, they’re improving. We need, after our defeat in Southampton, we need the three points.

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“But I am happy with the players. I think at the Emirates we are continuing strongly and for example, in the last match against Tottenham on Wednesday, the spirit is very good. The players pushed and the players created the chances, and now we continue working on the efficiency to score.

“I trust in my players, I trust in our strikers, and tomorrow we need every supporter to help us. We are also going to push to give them a good match with energy, by playing well, and also with the three points in victory.

“We will play with a big respect for Burnley because they are a very good team with very good players. They played very well organised and also defensively they are very strong, and they have the personality to play with the long ball, the second action, a lot of crosses and have players with quality to score. This is a big match tomorrow.”

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Sean Dyche is still searching for the winning formula. Last week he played with three central defenders against Spurs and could do the same again tomorrow. We’ll certainly play in the way he thinks is best to get a result and he said: “It’s very simple. If everyone thinks that every team in the Premier League is going to play the beautiful game, at the moment there is only one winner and that is Manchester City. If we are all going to roll it out from the back and play 600 passes, they win, end of story.

“You have to find a way and that’s what we’ve done consistently well here; find a way to be successful. We’ve had to fight, we’ve had to work, we’ve played some good, productive stuff at times, and always found a way. That doesn’t change because when you play these powerful clubs, it’s very difficult. It’s reality tactics, rather than negative tactics, and we’ve tinkered with the side many times before.

“We look at all the options and I was very pleased with the change of system last week. There has been a lot of planning behind that and I was pleased for my staff and the players, because you want them to open their minds and take it on. They took the training into a performance, although we still know there’s more detail to find that balance.”

He added: “The facts are the facts. We know we haven’t got as many results as we’d like this year and we know that’s not all about tactics, but it plays a part.”

What about Arsenal losing twice in a week? He said of that: “I don’t think that constitutes anything other than what can happen in football, and they are still a fine side, whichever way you look at it. It’s another tough task, but one we take on after showing good signs last weekend at Tottenham and we know we have to deliver a very strong performance to get anything.”

 

 

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