Burnley Vs Arsenal, Wed 16 Dec 2009

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Burnley manager Owen Coyle expects his squad to have recovered from any bumps and bruises in time for Arsenal's visit.

Only long-term absentees Martin Paterson, Chris McCann and Jay Rodriguez remain sidelined through injury.

The Clarets have been excellent at home this season, winning five of their eight games at Turf Moor.

Owen Coyle insists his Clarets will not try to kick Arsenal off the park in the encounter.

The Gunners have become used to rough treatment at the hands of other Lancashire clubs beginning with a 'B' - Bolton and Blackburn have in the past both been criticised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for their overly-physical approach.

The lingering resentment towards ex-Blackburn manager Mark Hughes was highlighted by Wenger's refusal to shake his hand after Arsenal's Carling Cup defeat by Manchester City, but Coyle insists he is full of admiration for the Frenchman.

Coyle said: "Arsene's a top-class manager and he's someone us young managers aspire to follow in terms of teams playing football of that nature.

"He's had to build new teams because he's lost some top, top stars and he's continued to find young players and bring them through.

"If you watch our team, we look to play football. We don't have overly-physical players in our team. We like to think we are competitive but there has always been good football in games between ourselves and Arsenal and I don't see any reason why that should be any different."


Arsenal will be without midfielder Denilson (back) and left-back Armand Traore (hamstring) for the trip.

Veteran Mikael Silvestre is set to come into defence, while winger Emmanuel Eboue is fit again following a hamstring problem.

Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Nicklas Bendtner (groin), Robin van Persie (ankle) remain sidelined, along with full-back Gael Clichy (back) and Johan Djourou (knee).

Wenger hopes he will not have to read his Arsenal players the riot act at half-time against Burnley - and accepts the job of a modern-day manager is about more than just barking orders.

Much has been made of the French manager's dressing-room tirade during the interval at Liverpool, where Arsenal had trailed 1-0 following a lacklustre display.

Captain Cesc Fabregas revealed in a post-match interview Wenger had "screamed, and said we didn't deserve to wear the Arsenal shirt if we played like that".

The psychology, however, seemed to work, as the Gunners bounced back to win 2-1 and close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points with a match in hand.

"I have, for a long time, behaved in this job exactly as I think I have to, or that suits me, but we try to adapt to every single situation that we face," Wenger said.

"As a manager, you must first of all love to help people, to give them a chance in life, and to develop players, then you must have a big resistance to stress - all the rest, you learn. It has always been the same. Every player is under big pressure, despite the fact they are idolised, they need help."

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