By Rob Kelly

Terry Burton says that taking charge of his first game back at the Club on Saturday will be a special experience.

The 59-year-old was appointed as reserves and head development coach earlier this month and will lead an Arsenal XI side at Meadow Park against Boreham Wood this weekend.

Burton has previously been a youth-team player, youth-team coach and first-team coach at the Club and is eagerly anticipating the latest chapter in his Gunners career.

“I am looking forward to it - it will be a nice occasion,” he told Arsenal Player. “The players look forward to playing games because this is what it is about - this is what we work for, this is what we train towards.

“People always say it is not about winning games, and obviously it is not the be all and end all, but it is important that they know how to win matches.

“But in the long term you are trying to make a difference to their development so that in each training session they’re adding to what they’ve already got, [with the aim of] making them capable of playing in the first team.”

Arsenal are expected to take a mixture of reserve and youth-team players to Meadow Park and Burton is hoping they continue from where they left off at the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup.

“I thought they applied themselves very well,” he said. “They set about their task well and it was a great experience for them to be playing with other first-team players and also the opposition they were up against.”

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Watch the second part of our interview with Terry on Arsenal Player now.

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19 Jul 2012