We know we’ll have to play well to get anything
It’s Arsenal today and a second game against Burnley for their manager Mikel Arteta who replaced Unai Emery on 20th December last year.
Emery was in charge when we were last at the Emirates for our first away game of last season while Arteta was in place by the time they arrived at Turf Moor for last season’s 0-0 draw.
Ahead of the game, Arteta told arsenal.com: “The team has to perform and that they have the mindset to go and win the game. We know the urgency we have to get results and the start, in my opinion in this moment, are not very relevant.
“They are difficult to break down because they have been working together with the same manager for a long time, and they know each other really well. They are disciplined and they have a good spirit and character among the team. They are always ready to fight and make it difficult for you.”
Sean Dyche has seen the improvement in recent weeks, one game apart. “We were on the right lines against Everton, and in a couple of the other games recently,” he said. “Yes, we had an off day against Manchester City, but many teams can do that. However, we can’t concern ourselves too much with the opposition, because we have our own challenges.
“We will be focusing on the players here because we have a group who are getting fitter and the sharpness of those who needed football is beginning to come back. Generally, we are looking like a stronger unit. Now we have to turn that into wins.
“It’s not rocket science. I can talk about stronger performances and all the rest of it, but sooner or later we have to start putting wins together. We are showing the right signs, but we have to factually go and take care of business, so that’s what our thought process is.”
As the manager looks for his first victory against the Gunners, he, like us, can recall some rather dubious moments that have turned games against us. He said: “Over the years we haven’t had a result against Arsenal, but we’ve actually stepped on in a number of games. A few decisions have gone against us down the years, when we have actually delivered some good performances.”
Speaking about Arsenal, he added: “There is a lot of noise about them at the moment, but the investment they have made in players probably ensures quality, and they certainly have that. They have players who can turn a game at any moment, so we have to be diligent, go down there on the front foot and try to win it. That’s certainly the mindset, because we know we’ll have to play well to get anything.”Share this page :