McDonald - Upset will be tough
Burnley midfielder Kevin McDonald admits it will be difficult to cause another upset against the Gunners.
Last Updated: 14/12/09 5:39pm
Burnley midfielder Kevin McDonald admits it will be difficult to cause another upset against Arsenal on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old midfielder netted twice as Burnley famously beat Arsene Wenger's side 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup last term.
But that was against Wenger's youngsters and McDonald knows it will be a different prospect playing the senior side at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
The pressure will be on the Gunners as they bid to keep up with the title pace and McDonald believes the Clarets can use this to their advantage.
He 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, believes Clarets boss Owen Coyle will not want to play negative football against the Gunners.
"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."
Wenger gave the Gunners a half-time blast to inspire them to come back from a goal down to beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday and McDonald revealed Coyle would have no qualms about delivering a similar wake-up call to Burnley 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."