Lava-hot AW could erupt at any time...

It seems AW won’t be afraid to roar out another lava-hot rollicking for the players if they under-perform any time soon and he may need to raise his voice tonight for the game at Burnley.
AW tells this morning’s Sun that the stress of management has left him feeling like a simmering volcano that may erupt at a moment’s notice. The paper says the Arsenal boss blew his top following his team’s dismal first-half performance at Liverpool on Sunday and told his players they were not fit to wear the shirt.
His explosion had the desired effect as the Gunners stormed back to win 2-1 and haul themselves back into the title race. But Wenger admits his outburst could easily have backfired and promises to keep his emotions under control at Burnley tonight.
He said: “It is like living on a volcano. It is a constant battle to keep it in. I am often angry but I do not always show it. The problem with anger is that you can create some damage which you cannot repair.
“So of course I took a risk with what I did at Anfield. We could have lost 6-1 and then everyone would say my intervention started a crisis. Maybe if I’d not said a single word we would still have won the game. It is very difficult to measure the real impact of your attitude and behaviour.
“You can only go with your instincts and sometimes the emotion takes over. But you cannot always behave like that. Most of the time you have to be rational. For example, look at the Phil Brown incident when he did his half-time talk on the pitch at Manchester City.
“Did it create the blip which came for Hull after that? That’s what people accused him of, but maybe it was actually good for his team.”
The Sun says the Gunners boss believes Sunday’s comeback has convinced his players that they are good enough to win the league this season. He said: “The next test is to show we can do it again.
“I always say that if you want to win the league you must go to a club like Sheffield United on a Wednesday night and win. This will be one of those games.”
Burnley chief Owen Coyle said in the paper: “We’ll pay them the ultimate respect but we’re not fearful of them.”
And Coyle dismissed claims Wenger – blasted after refusing to shake Mark Hughes’ hand following the Carling Cup defeat at Manchester City – was a bad loser. He added: “I heard what was said about him being a bad loser but then we all are because we all want to win.  He’s been fine with me. We played them when I’d only been in the job a couple of months and he was very complimentary about our style.”
In the Mirror. Andrey Arshavin has been branded Arsenal’s new hardman. AW has claimed the pint-sized Russian is every bit as tough as legendary hardmen Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn.
Wenger’s compliment came after Arshavin demanded to play at Burnley tonight – just 24 hours after being ruled out. Arshavin hobbled off at Liverpool on Sunday with a badly bruised foot after being Arsenal’s hero at Anfield.
It left the Arsenal medical staff believing Arshavin would miss the trip to Turf Moor but, despite being just 5ft 7in, the Russian is a “tough“ cookie, according to Arsene Wenger.
Arshavin will again lead Arsenal’s attack as the smallest centre forward in the Premier League but when it comes to determination and spirit there are few like him.
Wenger yesterday called him an “exceptional“ talent as Arshavin’s never-say-die spirit typified the win at Anfield and earned him glowing praise from the Gunners boss.
“Arshavin is an exceptional player, he can play in any offensive position he wants,” said Wenger.“On Monday, he was out of the game, the next day he is in. It’s as miraculous as that, I don’t know if he has a miraculous healing process at home. He is a tough boy, always wants to play and that says a lot about his spirit and determination.
“I’ve not met many with his pain threshold. I’ve had a few – the Nigel Winterburns, Bouldy, Dixon, Keown – tough boys. Andrey is a hard boy, especially for a forward.”
Wenger admits that he will need all of his players to be tough at Burnley as the newly-promoted club have lost just once at home this season and have already beaten Manchester United at Turf Moor.
It will be a big test for the injury-hit Gunners who will use Arshavin again as an emergency centre forward with Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner out injured.
Wenger has warned his players they will have to be at the top of their game to see off Burnley where their heroics at Liverpool will count for nothing. “If you want to win the League you must go there and win,” said Wenger. “I always say on a Wednesday night you go to Sheffield United or to Sheffield Wednesday or to Burnley, can you win the game? That’s what it is about in the Premier League.
“But I’m confident. The team needed a big win and the players are focused. Anything can happen, but I don’t believe we will go up there and not be highly focused. We will be determined and highly concentrated.”
We will be without injured midfielder Denilson for the trip to Burnley after the Brazilian suffered a flare-up of his back injury.Fit-again Abou Diaby is likely to come in while Mikael Silvestre with replace left back Armand Traore who is out for ten days with a hamstring strain.
But Emmanuel Eboue is fit again while Wenger insists that he will standby keeper Manuel Almunia despite his shaky display at Liverpool. Wenger added: “I have full confidence in him and I will pick him at Burnley. I have watched the game against Liverpool well. The ball was deflected by Lucas and I did not see that during that game. He came and Lucas touched the ball with his head and deflected the ball.”

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