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Brunt set for appearance milestone

GARETH Barry is set to steal the limelight on Monday evening as he prepares to break Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium.

But he might not be the only player reaching a big milestone against Arsenal. 

Albion’s modern-day legend Chris Brunt could play in his 350th game for the Club if he’s selected to take on the Gunners, almost 10 years to the day from his debut back in September 2007.

“You just play as many games as you can and I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot,” said the Northern Irishman.

“I enjoy just being on the pitch no matter where it is or what position I’m playing in. I’ve only had two clubs but they’ve both been great and mean a lot to me.

“It’ll be great and it would be nice to get a result on Monday to make it even more memorable.

“It’s always difficult going to Arsenal. A lot has been made of their bits and pieces at the start of the season, but obviously they’re a good side with good players and they held on to Alexis Sanchez as well.

“I think he’s definitely one of the best players in the league so it’s going to be a tough game but we’re always hard to beat and hard to break down.

The lads did well on Wednesday night in the second half against a good Man City side so hopefully we’ll take a bit of confidence out of that and put in a decent performance.”

And Chris has plenty of admiration for the former England midfielder who is looking to make his record-breaking 633rd Premier League appearance.

“I know it’ll be my 350th match but Gareth’s achievement makes that look pretty average!

“You’ve got to give him credit, he’s a great pro, he trains well and does everything properly. We’ve seen since he’s signed for us how good a player he is.

“I don’t think he quite gets the credit he deserves considering how good a footballer he is. It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m sure when he finishes he’ll look back on it and be proud.”

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