The weight of expectation will understandably be on Arsenal
Burnley travel to the Emirates tomorrow to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup and it gives Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche another opportunity to pit his wits against Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger.
Arsenal beat us twice last season, but Wenger is aware that we will provide a tough test and told his club’s web site: “I saw them on Monday night beat Derby 4-1 and I realised when I watched them that all their players played in the Premier League, we played against most of them.
“They have Gray up front who is very efficient, they have other players like Barton, Arfield, Boyd, they have all played in the Premier League. They have Vokes up front with Gray, they have good players.
“We know that we have learnt in the Premier League that the teams who have come up from the Championship, it is not like ten years ago, they compete at the right level.
“We have learnt something this season, we went to Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and got quite a severe defeat. We have to show that we have learnt from that.
“We have to be humble enough to accept that and to think it’s not because we turn up at the Emirates and play against Burnley that we will win the game. We have to earn the right to go through this round and qualify. if you don’t do that, we’ll have a bad surprise.”
Burnley are one of the promotion favourites in the Championship but tomorrow there is no doubt that we are underdogs.
Dyche said: “In the Championship we are viewed differently this season than two seasons ago, and certainly last year in the Premier League. We are obviously the underdogs and the weight of expectation will understandably be on Arsenal purely because of the grandeur of the club and the fact that they are going well again.
“They have some very, very good players and a manager who said some very nice things about us to me last season, which I am thankful for.
“Not many will fancy is, but there are no guarantees and that is the marvel of the underdog spirit and the magic of the cup. We’ll just look to perform and that’s the main thing and then we’ll take things from there.”
On the team, he added: “We will look to pick a team wisely because it’s quite obvious our biggest challenge is to be back in the Premier League. Every game is a big game in the Championship and we have two big games next week and we have to be ready for them.
“I’m not suggesting for one second that the FA Cup is not big. It’s massive and I have had my own experience of it in my lifetime as a player, let alone as a manager. It still means a lot, but we have to look at the bigger picture and find that balance, as we did in the last round at Middlesbrough.
“There won’t be wholesale changes, but we will look at the realities of the squad and the next fixtures and use it as wisely as we can to make sure we are fresh going into the next league game.”Share this page :