Sean Dyche hailed Arsene Wenger ahead of Burnley’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday.
The Burnley boss had high praise for the French manager who, this weekend, celebrates 20 years officially in charge of the north London club.
Dyche, who managed our neighbours Watford before moving up north to the Clarets, seemed confused by the amount of questioning Wenger has come under since taking the job in 1996. Although he could understand some fans’ unrest at the lack of trophies, he agrees that Le Professeur is one of the best.
He also admitted that he’s looking forward to the challenge that playing us at Turf Moor presents.
“Arsene is one of the top managers, certainly through the Premier League years, his team, their style and manner,” he said.
“As a manager, it’s a strange one why he’s questioned at times. There is a balance to that and fans want actual success, not deemed success by me as style of play, but trophies.
“It’s a big challenge for us but it’s one we want, the players want, I want and the fans want.
“As ever, Arsenal get people questioning them but they look pretty good to me. They’ve got pace and clever movement.”
Dyche is right: we are looking ‘pretty good’ right now.
We beat Chelsea 3-0 in the League last weekend and midweek we overran Basel, with Theo Walcott scoring a brace. Confidence will be high and our record on the road is decent.
We’ll fancy ourselves for all three points; let’s just hope we get them.