Press conference

'Burnley are organised, direct, a constant threat'


The pre-match stats may suggest we are heavy favourites to beat Burnley on Sunday, but Mikel Arteta is well aware of our opponents' threat.

We have won each of our last nine home games against the Clarets, but our manager knows we will have to improve significantly if we are to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

"The team has to perform and that they have the mindset to go and win the game," Arteta said. "We know the urgency we have to get results and the stats, in my opinion in this moment, are not very relevant.

"Burnley are a really organised team. They are a constant threat because they are really direct but they play that game really, really well. They manage their first, second and third phases really well, the way they attack the box, set-pieces are key against them as well.

"They are difficult to break down because they have been working together with the same manager for a long time, and they know each other really well.

"They are disciplined and they have a good spirit and character among the team. They are always ready to fight and make it difficult for you."

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