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Chairman's Notes: Arsenal

13 April 2015

Co-Chairman Mike Garlick believes the Clarets can jockey themselves into a safe position

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back for another tense afternoon at Turf Moor.

To use racing parlance, as it’s Grand National day, we’re all set to enter the final furlong of what’s been a fabulously exciting race.

But I feel we’ve run a good race so far and now it’s a case of keep cracking the whip and getting our nose over the finishing line.

It doesn’t get any easier. Today, for the eighth game in a row, we welcome another of the top eight clubs.

They don’t come much bigger than Arsenal, who are certainly one of the giants of English football, managed by someone who has achieved so much at and for the club.

But as we’ve proved so many times this season – at Chelsea, here against Manchester City and at The Emirates and last week against Tottenham Hotspur, status doesn’t guarantee you a result.

I know I speak on behalf of the Board when I say how proud we have been of Sean and the players this season. We were written of before a ball was kicked and after 10 games people were writing our Premier League obituary.

But here we are, with seven big games remaining, knowing we are one victory away from getting out of the bottom three.

I’m confident we have the will and desire to achieve our goals and as Sean often says, it comes down to tipping the margins your way.

What is also evident is that we have a club united in one goal. There have been fractures, upheaval and, in some cases, turmoil at many of our rivals, whereas we’ve had stability within the ranks from day one.

I think the supporters have also been integral to the challenges we’ve faced. The backing of the team has been superb all season and as Chairmen, John and I have received many comments from peers at other clubs on our vociferous backing.

What’s crucial is that we continue that one-club mentality now over the coming weeks.

Many of you have already committed to next season by purchasing or renewing season tickets, and for that continued support, the Board of Directors thank you.

But we all want that to be watching us as a Premier League club.

As the saying goes, this is our club, our Turf and our time. Together, let’s make it happen.

Enjoy the game

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