Arsenal can’t afford a bad game against Burnley

Competition for the three places behind Chelsea in the Premiership is hotting up with just eight games to go. Arsenal moved up to second place last week when Man City slipped up at Crystal Palace, and Arsene Wenger is aware that his own team can’t afford any slip-ups if they are to maintain the pace.

Wenger said on the official Arsenal website: “It is a positive sign for us [to go second], but let’s not get carried away because you look behind us and it’s one or two points,”

“That can quickly be wiped out by a bad game. That’s why we want to continue our run, to continue to play quality games and that’s the best way to be protected from other teams coming back on us.”

Wenger was particularly pleased to see four different players scoring against Liverpool, which is another positive as we approach squeky-bum time. “It is the best possible sign, because it means that everybody is full of confidence, the combination play of the team goes well and that there is a collective desire to play together,” he continued. “That’s the essence of our sport: to play together and get everybody in positions where they can score.

“The vibes coming out of the team are very positive and all this together makes you happy when you are the manager.”

Obviously Burnley are aiming to upset the apple-cart this evening, and Wenger is aware that the small-town club are not going to be pushovers as they fight for their Premiership lives. “It’s just as hard as Liverpool,” he said. “Different propositions maybe, maybe we’ll be a bit more cautious defensively, but it is a team who goes forward as well. They play in an offensive style, direct but very efficient. They have some good young players like Trippier and Ings and they are quite dangerous in the final third.

“They have improved since the start of the season because they had to adapt to the Premier League and it took them a while. Now they look a very, very good team against everybody.

“If you look at their results against the top teams like Manchester City and Chelsea, they have done extremely well. On top of that, they’ve taken 18 out of their total of 26 points at home. That means that for us the challenge is big and we want to be at our best because I’m convinced that this is a difficult game.”

We all know that this is a potential banana skin, but if Arsenal can continue their excellent form then on paper it should be an easy three points. The players really need to keep their supreme confidence intact as we have two massive games coming up in the next fortnight.

Onwards and Upwards!

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  1. fred cowardly says:

    Agree. I want to go to Wembley on the back of a PL Win and our unbeaten streak intact

    It will be tough but we should hopefully win

  2. ButtFlaps says:

    We must keep the momentum, same winner formula Mr Wenger!!! To keep pressures on CHESLEA!!!

  3. alexhare says:

    Let’s be honest, we are better than Burnley and should win. Play our game and we will run out with a convincing win giving us great momentum for our FA cup.

  4. YingYang69 says:

    Afobe scores again, away birmingham. Does anyone else worry that another PL club are going to snap him up and his goalscoring will continue… he looks to have a knack and sometimes thats all you need.

    1. AlanFrank says:

      I’m 99% sure there is a buy back clause in his contract or least a first option to re buy him. Comments he made after he left seemed that way and he retweeted a tweet about a buy back clause.

      Ideal situation would be wolves get promoted and let him have a season in the PL to see if he can step up another level. Doing brilliantly tho 19 goals in 30 games in league one then 11 in 17 in the championship 30 goals so far this season.

      Whatever happens good look to him arsenal from about the age of 6 it’s hard to tell he might have found his level but would love to see him step up but big gap between championship and getting back to arsenal.

  5. says:

    A good point made. But I should believe Arsenal have 7 more Barclays Premier League games to play in the run-in to the season. Of course we can’t afford a bad outcome from the Gunners outing at Turf Moor this evening. Only an outright victory by the Gunners over the Clarets will serve the greater purpose of their going there to play this game, which of course is to keep alive their hopes of winning the prestigious Premier League tilte this season. Even a dropped points like a drawn game at Burnley is a disaster. As such a result will shunt circuit the Gunners hopes to win the BPL title and also put an end to their current winning streak. Having said all these, I have no doubt in my mind the Gunners will awesomely but the Clarets into their proper class of relegation threatens, as they will hammer them BFC 0-4 AFC at full time. Less I forget, the boss and the Gunners must ignore Sean Dyche patronage to the boss. As this a ploy to make the Gunners feel at home at Turf Moor. But only to be surprised by the Clarets.

  6. Thando says:

    Can the villas finish spurs already

  7. Redeye says:

    We need to try and sign lewandoswki in the summer as our marquee signing. 40 million and a pound

    1. AlanFrank says:

      Grioud is playing better than him This season It would be almost impossible to keep two out and out strikers happy. I think we could do with another forward but someone versatile and an alternative type of player to Grioud.

  8. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Just destroy them

  9. Redeye says:

    Kouyate from West Ham would be perfectly for dm he has long legs and would give Coquelin competition, pl experience, cheap, wouldn’t mind being a backup, versatile as he played cb against us, better than flamini, just think about it.

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Computer says no

  10. Bravox says:

    Plz let g-rude continue on is new found self confidence,signin another striker will hamper he’s & welbeck confidence..On the other hand if we are signing a striker it must be lewandoski,that guy stil got it.

  11. Bravox says:

    Crystal palace are wickedly on the form of their lives.Wow !!

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