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Jones: We Relish Gunners Test

7 April 2015

David Jones believes another good result stands Burnley in good stead ahead of the visit of in-form Arsenal to Turf Moor this weekend.

The Clarets registered their second consecutive home clean sheet when they held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw on Easter Sunday, following on for the victory over Manchester City.

And midfielder Jones insists there are plenty of positives to take from another challenging game against one of the Premier League’s top teams.

He said: “It probably wasn’t one of the prettiest football games to watch for the neutral in terms of chances and goals, obviously.

“But I think we were well worth our point and we probably edged the balance of play, I would say.

“We had a couple of chances and although there weren’t that many, on a different day we could have nicked it.

“I thought we were pretty solid and that’s what we want – we want to be solid, work hard and show the quality we need when we get the chances.

“The last two home games have demonstrated that and it was a similar kind of performance to the one against City.

“We just needed a little bit of quality in the box and we would have got another victory.

“But we’re happy with another clean sheet, especially against this opposition. It sets us up nicely and gives us confidence going into another tough game next week.”

The draw against Spurs meant Burnley moved back up to 18th place in the Premier League table, with two points separating them from safety.

And Jones says recent good results at home will allow the Clarets to approach the televised fixture against Arsene Wenger's side with a positive frame of mind.

He added: “I think we’re up for every game. Everybody knows what they’re doing, we work hard out of shape and our mentality shows that we can be a match for anyone here at Turf Moor.

“Arsenal have been playing well, but we’ve faced almost everyone at home and we’ll just work hard, give it a roll and see where it takes us.

“It will be another difficult game, but we’ll be up for it, give our best and try to get another result.

“Obviously, they’re a top team and you have to be concentrated all the time because any top team in the Premier League have got players that 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 next week.

“But we’ll approach it with confidence, calm and relish the opportunity to play against some top players and perform against them.”

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