Sean Dyche insists his players will play with no fear at Arsenal this weekend.
The Clarets travel to The Emirates Stadium still searching for the elusive win that will kick-start their Premier League season.
But as he celebrates his second anniversary by going head-to-head with the country’s longest serving manager, Dyche issued a timely reminder that the Clarets head to the three-time Premier League champions on a level footing.
He said: “It’s been a productive and fantastic time for everyone connected to the club. But promotion is done, parked and we move forwards.
“Don’t get me wrong, there are many things we’ve done here that have been good and we should be proud of, but you compartmentalise it and leave it behind almost immediately.
“It’s the nature of the business and it’s all about the next challenge.
“Arsenal are a fine football club with a fine stadium and a fantastic manager who has not been a great servant to the club, but the game.
“It’s another of the challenges that we all wanted. There’s no crying over it now. We are still looking for that first win and The Emirates is a hard place to go, there’s no doubt about it, but I remind everyone this is definitely the thing we all wanted; me,
my staff, the players, the fans and the town.
“We can’t be scared of that challenge, so we look forward to it.”
Dyche, already the 24th longest serving manager in English football, admits he is looking forward to pitting his wits against Arsene Wenger, whose trophy-laden 18-year reign is by far the longest in the country.
He added: “Managers like Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex and Jose Mourinho, among many others, have delivered over a long period of time, through all the ups and downs.
“Arsene is a legend in the game and he’s still doing it and believing and promoting what he does and winning games.
“Even he got questioned last year, so it’s an amazing task we have as managers, but we love it; the ups and downs and ins and outs.
“It’s amazing that he’s been there so long. It’s amazing that managers now go into four years and five years because of this insatiable demand for everything yesterday.
“But people like Arsene have been given the time to build clubs and processes, belief systems and even a brand.
“That can only be done over time and unfortunately the stats tell you many don’t get that.
“Managers come and go so rapidly now and it’s one of those strange things. I had my own fair share of questioning here in my first season and I’m still getting questioned now for different reasons.
“To be 24th only two years in is quite amazing, but it’s the nature of the business we are in.
“I am learning a lot and it’s often in these times, when it’s hard going, that you learn the most.
“This is arguably the highest level of football in the world and little old Burnley are in there for valid reasons.
“Now it’s about reminding ourselves of that, not only by performances, but by winning.”
A reminder that tomorrow’s game is live on Clarets Player from 2.45pm, with Phil Bird.