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Dyche Excited By Front Row Seat for Wenger's Farewell

5 May 2018

Sean Dyche admits he is looking forward to his front row seat for Arsene Wenger’s Emirates farewell.

The Burnley manager is full of admiration for his Gunners' counterpart, whose 22-year stay at the north London club comes to an end next weekend.

Before then an afternoon that starts with both sides forming a guard of honour, and ends with a parade of the most celebrated players of the Wenger era, will signal the Frenchman's last home game in charge.

However, Dyche hopes to be the party-pooper as a packed Emirates prepares to say goodbye to one of the most successful managers in the Premier League era.

Dyche smiled: “I didn’t pay for the seat, so that’s a positive to start with!

“But it’s fallen to us to play them and I probably wouldn’t describe it as a fairytale game for Arsene’s last at the Emirates, as he’d probably have preferred one of the big guns,

“That’s no disrespect to us and the fixture list could probably have been kinder, but ironically Arsene has a lot of respect for us and what we have achieved.

"I know that because he’s told me. He has always been really gracious and fair to us and always spent time with us and he’s very open and good to speak to in my experience, so in that sense maybe it does fit that we are his last opponents, but we have to see beyond that.”

Dyche,who was this weekend shortlisted for the Premier League manager of the season, added: “Arsene is a legend of the game and deserves every moment of his last home game to go in his favour, other than when the whistle blows.

“I’ve made it clear to the players that although there will be a lot going on, when the game starts all that has to go out of the window and we have to be ready for the challenge, because make no mistake they will be firing.

“It’s human nature to be fired up for your last home game, but when you factor in a legendary manager you can expect them to have that little extra edge, so we have to be ready for that.

“We hope he really enjoys the day, but not the game and that’s just our job.

“He would understand that we want to make sure we go hard in order to get what we want.

"We’ve two games to go and we want to finish the season as strong as we can.”

Commentary of Sunday’s game will be live on Clarets Player from 4.15pm.

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