Concentration is key for Clarets midfielder David Jones ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Arsenal at Turf Moor.
The Gunners have won 10 of their last 11 fixtures in the Premier League, with 10 different scorers contributing to the 28-goal tally in that sequence.
Arsene Wenger’s £30m summer signing, Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, was the man of the moment at the Emirates back in November when his brace provided the platform for a 3-0 victory. The Chilean forward has netted 20 times in all competitions this term.
However, Jones has warned that his team-mates can’t focus their attention on an individual. “It’s very important to keep the concentration levels which have been very high in recent games and continue that for the remaining games.
“We won’t just concentrate on him, they have plenty of guys who can hurt you, but he’s a top player and he’s obviously one who can hurt you so concentration has got to be key as we demonstrated against City and against Spurs.
“He did play well, I think he’s quite small in stature and very quick and can turn on a sixpence so it’s very hard to pick players like that, even if you read where he’s going, you can’t always stop him.
“He’s a very sharp player and obviously pace and skill will always be a threat, but we’ve come up against a number of players, obviously at Chelsea, Man United, all the clubs in the Premier League have top players and we’ll just have to be on our game next week as always.”
Arsenal’s run, which has brought just one league defeat since New Year’s Day, has seen them usurp Manchester City in to second spot. And Jones is aware that the Clarets face a tough task in halting that momentum, particularly after their impressive 4-1 thumping of Liverpool.
“They’re playing well but we’ve faced almost everyone here at Turf Moor. We’ll just work hard and give our all and see where it takes us. It will be another difficult game but we’ll be up for it and giving our best to try to get another result.
“They’re a top team and any top team in the Premier League can hurt you, you have to concentrate all the time, even on Sunday, 80th minute, 90th minute, we had to be bang on our concentration because they have players who can hurt you.
“Arsenal have got plenty of those so it’s going to have to be another high energy, high quality and high concentration performance against them.
We’ve got to go in there confident and calm and relish the opportunity to play against some top top players and perform against them.”