JOHANN Berg Gudmundsson believes this current Burnley squad is the strongest he has been involved in his time at the club.

The Iceland international was signed from Charlton Athletic in 2016 and has since made 86 appearances for the Clarets - starting both Premier League games this season after an injury-hit campaign last time around.

Gudmundsson scored in Burnley's 3-0 win over Southampton on the opening day of the new season, he admits he was pleased he could get off the mark so quickly.

"It is a strong squad and there's a lot of competition to make it in to the 11. That can only be a good thing because it makes it tougher to get in to those positions," said Gudmundsson.

"To get in to the first 11 you have to train well and play well. That's football, there's always going to be competition in football, but it's a good thing.

"It's healthy competition. Training is at a really high standard and the games are as well. We'll just have to keep going and play with the same attitude as we have done in the first two games.

"I think it's the strongest squad yet. It's pretty much the same core since I've been here, we've just added more quality players to it.

"It looks really good. It's only been two games, but it's been a really positive two games."

The winger highlighted how a full pre-season has him feeling fit and his goal is to remain in the side and contribute to Burnley climbing up the Premier League table.

"I feel really good. I've had a full pre-season and I feel fit. I'm playing at the moment and I want to keep myself in the team," added Gudmundsson.

"I want to play as many games as I can and contribute to goals and assists, as I have done in previous years. I got the goal against Southampton in the first game so I want to build on that.

"I just want to stay fit because when I am fit I know I can bring a lot to this team. As long as I keep fit, I'm training well and playing well, I'll be alright.

"It felt really good to score, especially in the first game so I got off the mark really quickly.

"When you've not scored or assisted and then four or five games go by you start thinking about it. It was good to get off the mark in the first game."

Gudmundsson, who has 74 caps for Iceland, think his side did enough on Saturday to come away with a point at Arsenal in the 2-1 loss.

"I think so. I think we played really well. They didn't create that many chances, we created few as well.

"In the first half I felt we had control of it, they stepped it up in the second half, but I think we played really well. We've done well in our first game and now the second game as well.

"We just have to keep going.

"The squad is looking really good, there's a lot of competition. The lads are all fit and ready to go so there are positive signs in the first two games and now we need to keep going.

Next up for Burnley are two tough matches away at Wolves and then at home to Liverpool, Gudmundsson thinks his side will to encouragement from recent performances.

"Every game in this league is really tough, but we'll definitely take a lot of encouragement from our first two games," he said.

"We played well against Southampton in some tough conditions and then we played really well against a great Arsenal team. There are a lot of positives."