Wenger - We must match them physically

Arsène Wenger has stressed the importance of the physical battle when Arsenal travel to Turf Moor on Saturday.

The Gunners take on Burnley at the weekend, looking to extend their winning run in the Premier League to eight matches, against the team currently occupying 19th place in the table.

But despite their lowly position, Burnley have lost just one of their last four home games, including a victory over Manchester City.

"You have to be at their level of physical performance, because they will be there"

Arsene Wenger

"Burnley is a tough test for everybody," Wenger warned. "You shouldn’t look at the table because they started slowly but recently they have played very well against all the big teams in the league.

"They are quite efficient at home because they have made 18 of their 26 points at home and therefore we have to make sure we produce the expected performance on the commitment, on the focus and on the quality of our game."

The Arsenal manager believes hard work could be the key against a side renowned for their energy and application.

"Of course, you have to be at their level of physical performance, because they will be there," he said.

"On the rest, you want to produce the quality of performance that is expected from us on the technical side. You have first to fight with them physically, that’s for sure."




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