Coyle tells classy Clarets to attack

05 March 2009 04:10
The fifth-round tie will be the third meeting of the two teams in 14 months - although it is the first in north London - but Coyle has not drawn up plans to frustrate the Gunners.

Having beaten an Arsenal side largely made up of reserves 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup in December, the Clarets boss knows how to win against Arsene Wenger.

And the same principles which the highly-regarded Frenchman has based his dynasty at Arsenal around will be employed by Coyle as he attempts to guide his side into the last eight of the FA Cup on Sunday.

"We will look to commit players forward," said the Scot, whose side are currently seventh in the Championship having already beaten Premier League clubs Chelsea, Fulham, West Brom and Tottenham in cup ties this season.

"We are not going there to sit back, we are going there to make a game of it.

"But we are not talking about going gung-ho and leaving ourselves wide open. We will go there with a nice shape and look to pass and move the ball the way it should be played.

"We will try to take the game to Arsenal at each and every opportunity, as difficult as that may sound.

"It is a great opportunity for our players, particularly the younger ones to show they can play as well.

"As a player I always loved playing against the very best and my players will get the chance to do that on Sunday."

Having lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup in January last year, Burnley gained some revenge with a similar scoreline at Turf Moor three months ago.

On that occasion Wenger was gracious in defeat and that praise from the Gunners boss meant a lot to Coyle.

"I feel very fortunate to be playing against Arsene Wenger three times in just over a year," he said.

"Arsene has been very complimentary about us as a football club, which has been great for me to hear as a young manager making his way.

"I think he is respectful of the way we try to play the game. He knows we are a passing team who try to pass and move the ball.

"Even last year I think he saw the level of technical ability we have and the fact we try to play a footballing game.

"We showed that in the Carling Cup, and although Brian (Jensen) made a couple of good saves they will know we could have added to the scoreline we had.

"Arsenal are the perfect role model for any young aspiring manager looking to put a plan in place on how to build a team and a club.

"I have nothing but immense praise and respect for the work Arsene Wenger has done.

"This is a magnificent learning curve for me. I want to be the best I can be and playing against these top coaches certainly helps me in my development."

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Source: Team_Talk