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Gray Relishing Arsenal Battle

29 January 2016

Andre Gray is relishing the chance to test himself against the best as the Clarets head to Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round.

The 24-year-old helped see off promotion rivals Derby County on Monday with a goal from the penalty spot in the 4-1 victory.

And having netted his 17th goal of the season, the Championship’s leading goalscorer is hoping to cap off a fine week with cup progression against the team he supported as a boy.

“It’s a massive game and it’s the kind of draw we wanted. We wanted one of the big four and for me personally it’s great to test yourselves against the best players.

“If we go and beat Arsenal it goes to prove what kind of job we can do but we just have to take every game as it comes.

“I’m sure the boys that came down last year want to be back there week in week out in those kind of stadiums so it’s easy to get up for it.

“Most of my boys and myself actually grew up supporting Arsenal and I’ve fizzled out of it a bit since turning professional, it’s different, but from a kid I’ve always been an Arsenal fan.

“It was the days of the invincibles so I think it might have been a bit of glory hunting at the time and then it lead from there!”

A trip to the Emirates Stadium is perhaps particularly poignant for Gray after his meteoric rise from non-league to becoming one of the Championship’s top marksmen.

He feels that his time in the lower echelons of English football helped shape the player he is today and now at Burnley, he is in the perfect place to try and fulfil his dream of playing in the top-flight.

Gray added: “I came to the right club at the right time and this is the perfect environment for me to kick on and do well.

“You’ve seen Jamie Vardy this year has gone and proved he can score goals in the Premier League as have Charlie Austin and Danny Ings recently.

“There are so many names you can reel off that have come from non-league and done it in the Premier League. The dream is still alive for me and hopefully I can fulfil it.

“Sometimes you have to go down that route and for me it has worked out perfectly. I wouldn’t change it because you learn a lot about life so it should be inspiring for anyone in Non-League.

“As long as they know what they want to do and they’ve got the drive to do it, they can.

“I’ve got a goal and I’ve got an aim – that’s to help get Burnley promoted. I don’t let anything on the outside affect me. I just come here and work hard every day and take it into the games.”


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