James Tarkowski sets sights on Arsenal


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James Tarkowski says Burnley are eager to keep the momentum going after reaching the magical 40-point mark, with the defender aiming to overhaul Arsenal before the end of the campaign.

The Clarets enjoyed a fantastic first half of the season and nine Premier League victories before Christmas had opened up the possibility of a European finish for Sean Dyche’s men.

However, an 11-game winless run dampened spirits slightly and it looks unlikely Burnley will be playing in the Europa League next term.

The Lancashire-based outfit managed to get back to winning ways last time out as they edged past Everton 2-1, the first time the club has come from behind to win a Premier League match.

Nine games are left this season and, with survival almost assured, Tarkowski says he is looking to catch Arsenal, who are five points ahead in sixth place.

He was quoted as saying by the Lancashire Telegraph: “We’ve been looking at that 40-point mark for quite a while now.

It has been a bit frustrating, but to get there now gives us the freedom to go out and play for the next nine games and try to get as many points as we can.

“Obviously everyone aims for that 40 mark at the start of the season, so to get there with nine games to go is nice. We’re trying to chase the people above us rather than looking at those below.”

Burnley travel to the London Stadium on Saturday to take on struggling West Ham and the visitors are 3.40 outsiders to come away with all three points.

The draw is priced at 3.20 while the hosts are 2.30 favourites.

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