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Arsenal are at Burnley and that brings their new manager Mikel Arteta back to Turf Moor having been here most recently with Manchester City back in December when he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Arteta was asked about the challenge of playing the Clarets and he said: “It’s one of the most English brands. What they do, they do it really, really well and they’re specialists at that.

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“The type of game that they want to play makes it really difficult for the opponent, so we need to be ready for a battle, be clever and take the game the way we want. We will go there with complete focus and energy and a very clear plan, because if not, they are very hard to deal with.”

It has been reported that he said that Sean Dyche’s brutes are specialists at bullying opponents into submission and had tailored training sessions to prepare for a physical battle at Turf Moor.

Things have been looking a little bit better since Sean Dyche was last planning for a home league game, having beaten Leicester in that game and followed it up three days later with that historic win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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“We’ve come off the back of two good wins in the league and deserved in different ways, especially the one at Old Trafford,” Dyche said. We’re coming back to Turf Moor with that feather in our cap and a great feeling in the crowd because a lot of them witnessed that and will have taken it on and brought the stories back home.

“It’s been two really good wins and important wins, of course. If we could take on a third, especially against a team that has had a different kind of season this season but is really thought of a top six club, that would be very pleasing for all.”

Dyche has seen his team draw level on points with Arsenal and admitted: “Putting two back to back wins is hard enough in the Premier League, if you can a third that’s a very powerful thing. Anywhere in the division, top, middle or bottom, it’s no easy task.

“We had a blip and I’m pleased it was a blip. We’ve taken 12 points out of the last eight games with four defeats and four wins. We’re onto something but it’s putting it out there again and going and delivering a good performance again. We’ve not had our fair share of things go for us against Arsenal, so we want that to change, but the only way we can really earn the right is to go out there and work for it and we intend to do that.”

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