Clarets midfielder wary of Gunners

The Scottish midfielder scored twice last season when Burnley ended

the young Gunners’ Carling Cup campaign but admits that it is a

different prospect playing the senior side at Turf Moor on

Wednesday night. The 21-year-old believes however that the burden

of expectation will be on Arsene Wenger’s side – and that Burnley

can take advantage. McDonald said: “The match last season was

probably the highlight of my career so far, it was a really special

occasion. “You can’t look back at that though – this will be a

different team. “They are not sitting close to the top of the

league for nothing, and they are a great footballing side. “Guys

like (Andrey) Arshavin, (Cesc) Fabregas and (William) Gallas are

all top players and it’s only once every so often that you get to

play against these boys, so you just have to take your chance. “We

are underdogs every game we play home and away and that’s a benefit

for us – no one expects anything from us.” McDonald, who is likely

to start on the bench again on Wednesday, insists however that

Clarets boss Coyle will not tell his players to try to defend for a

draw. “He wants us to go out and attack and play football – which

we will do,” added McDonald. “We don’t need to be gung-ho right

from the start, we will bed ourselves into the game and then start

playing our football and hopefully get a result from there.”

Arsenal have forced their way back into contention for the Premier

League title after coming back from a goal down at Liverpool on

Sunday to win 2-1 – thanks to a half-time blast from the usually

reserved Wenger. McDonald said Coyle will not shrink from

delivering a similar wake-up call if Burnley are off the pace on

Wednesday. He said: “He’s quite positive but every manager likes to

shout and throw things every so often and he’s no different. But

he’s a good motivator and gets everyone going.” Burnley are likely

to have the same squad available as drew 1-1 with Fulham at the

weekend. Coyle reported only bumps and bruises meaning the only

players missing are long-term absentees Martin Paterson, Chris

McCann and Jay Rodriguez.