Dyche eager to break Gunners hoodoo
Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes his side can finally get a result against Arsenal when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Saturday.
The Gunners have won the last 10 meetings between the two sides and they are the only club Burnley have faced in the Premier League that Dyche has failed to claim at least a point against.
The Clarets boss is aware it will be a big ask to secure a victory on the road on Saturday but he is convinced Burnley can take something from the game.
“I didn’t know about that [statistic], but we’ve been in the league long enough to get something from the lot of them, so hopefully that goes in our favour this weekend,” Dyche told reporters.
“But they are a good side, the manager [Unai Emery] is tweaking and changing things, and they are slightly more defensive, but still have the weapons to open up the game.”
Burnley are expected to be without Danny Drinkwater against Arsenal as he is still lacking match fitness after joining on loan from Chelsea on deadline day.
The former Leicester man may well establish himself as a key man in the Clarets midfield in the weeks ahead, but Dyche doesn’t want to rush him into action too soon.
Forward Robbie Brady and midfielder Steven Defour are also set to miss out, with Brady suffering from a knock to his ribs and Defour still building up his fitness.
Dyche revealed Defour is making progress but says the Clarets have “to be careful with him” as he works his way back to full fitness.
Burnley lost 3-1 to Arsenal at Turf Moor in the final round of fixtures last season but began the new campaign with a 3-0 success against Southampton, and Dyche is hopeful they can pick up some more points in the early kick-off on Saturday.
He added: “They are a top side, but we’ve shown before we can take points off the top sides.”
Dyche could opt to stick with the same starting XI that downed the Saints last time out, with Erik Pieters set to continue at left-back after assisting two of the goals in the win over Southampton.
Fellow left-back Charlie Taylor is available again and Dyche says he “will come back into consideration” but Pieters’ display in the season-opener should have been enough to keep him in the line-up.