Arsene Wenger: 'Burnley are Premier League's surprise package this season'

Faith Castro
November 26, 2017

Asked whether there was an argument that Burnley have been the most impressive team, he replied: "With the points they have? They put you to their face and then they bite you". But we've had to be pragmatic in the early days of being here to build all of this, and now we're trying to just mould it a little bit more. I like mixed football, because it increases your chances of getting the outcome you want.

The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette are expected to return as Wenger looks for a result against a side that has impressed him so far this year.

The Clarets haven't recorded a top flight win over the Gunners since 1974 but welcome back Chris Wood into the squad following his long-distance travels with New Zealand during the worldwide break.

While all the talk has been of the Clarets' sturdy defence this season, Dyche has attacking riches at his disposal for the game as he bids to right the wrongs of two controversial defeats to the Gunners last season. The fact we can rotate means the players are less overloaded with competition.

"I'm really pleased with how the team is performing at the moment".

Dean Marney is working his way back to fitness after not playing since being stretchered off against Arsenal in January but Dyche has warned the midfielder not to push himself too soon.

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Arsenal got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Tottenham in the North London derby, a performance that silenced a few critiques who believe there is a real power shift ongoing between the two clubs.

Arsenal won both Premier League meetings with the Clarets last season courtesy of 90th minute winners - only the second ever occasion of a team doing this home and away against the same opponent in the competition (after Manchester United v Manchester City in 2009-10).

Mesut Ozil has created 30 goalscoring chances from open play this season in the Premier League; more than any other player.

Arsenal have managed to stabilise their somewhat shaky start to the season and are a single point outside of the Champions League places. Only Eden Hazard (343) is above the German (310) in this category in the competition since his debut in September 2013. An unbelievable pin-point cross for Olivier Giroud against Manchester United last season was a rare occasion where a long-range cross was converted.

The game will not be televised live in the UK.

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