Arsenal welcome Burnley to the Emirates on Saturday and Arsene Wenger spoke to the media in his pre match press conference. The boss talked about various issues including the team news, his team’s performance so far, title race, his obvious surprise at the new seeding system and Rio Ferdinand’s ban of all things.
Wenger also spoke about Burnley and according to him, Sean Dyche’s side are better than their points suggest. Burnley lie at the bottom of the table and haven’t won since their return to the league. Burnley have drawn four and lost five taking just 4 points from a possible 27.
Wenger also praised Clarets manager Sean Dyche for achieving promotion from the championship and hailed his quality.
They are better than their points would suggest, that’s what the stats show. They have been punished in some games because they couldn’t take their chances. It is important that we are highly focused and expect to play against a strong team, because they are. [Sean Dyche] has done a great job because nobody expected Burnley to be in the Premier League this year. Overall I think his style of play is positive. They create chances if you look at the stats and the consistency of what he has achieved is remarkable.
I always believe that quality is linked with consistency and on that front he has taken the maximum out of the potential of his team. That is a sign of quality for a manager. I can understand that completely. We want to be good enough to get around that and not allow teams to stop us from playing. I think we are good enough, it is just the quality of our passing has to be better, the quality of our decisions has to be better. It is absolutely normal that teams try to stop us from playing our game.
Burnley obviously will look to keep things tight and hit us on the break. Burnley don’t want to come and play football and get thrashed for six and seven. So its up to us to pass the ball quickly, make sure we are defensively alert and are ruthless in attack. It’s been some time since Arsenal last won at the Emirates and the Gunners owe a strong performance to their fans.