Arsenal are preparing to face a Burnley team with the worst record in the Premiership this season, but he is not under the impression that it will be an easy game at all, going by the stats from coming out of Turf Moor.
“They are better than their points would suggest, that’s what the stats show,” Wenger said. “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.”
Many teams have gained points from Arsenal this season by “Parking The Bus” and Wenger understands that that is to be expected, but he thinks that his own team needs to step up to overcome their opponents. “I can understand that completely,” Le Prof said. “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.”
Arsene is worrying me now. I thought he would be talking up our better-skilled players to get past one of the weakest defences in the League, but after this little speech it sounds like he will be Parking the Bus himself.
Arteta and Flamini in midfield anyone!