Sean Dyche sends message to Arsenal ahead of his first game as Everton manager | Football


Sean Dyche is relishing his first game in charge of Everton (Picture: Getty Images)

Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of Everton is against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday and he says the Gunners are unlikely to be underestimating him after his work with Burnley.

Dyche replaced Frank Lampard as Toffees boss last month and will begin his task of trying to keep them in the Premier League against the league-leaders this weekend.

Everton sit 19th in the table after three straight league defeats, while Arsenal are five points clear at the top, so the new manager will have to upset the odds to get a result in his first game in charge.

He is well aware of the challenge Mikel Arteta’s side will pose, but he is all about hard work and organisation, something he thinks his team will show on Saturday and make it very difficult for the visitors.

‘A fine side, a very good side, obviously people are talking about them winning the title so that stands for itself,’ Dyche told a press conference on Thursday of Arsenal.

‘You’ve got to play everyone, so the way the fixtures fall is just one of them things.

‘They’re having a very good time of it, obviously at the moment. But, I think they’ve known us long enough, from my previous club, not this one. I think they’ll realise that I usually put out a team that’s ready for the challenge.

‘I don’t know but I wouldn’t imagine they’re underestimating the strength of our challenge.’

Burnley were renowned as being a tricky test under Dyche, but Arsenal rarely struggled to beat the Clarets in the top flight.

Dyche actually lost his first nine games against the Gunners in the Premier League from 2014-2020, with an FA Cup defeat in that period of time as well.

He did improve his record, though, with his last five meetings with Arsenal as Burnley boss producing one win, three draws and just one loss.

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