Arsenal’s German defender Shkodran Mustafi wins a header from Burnley’s New Zealand striker Chris Wood in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor in Burnley, north west England on February 2, 2020. Oli SCARFF / AFP
Arsenal misplaced extra floor within the race to complete within the Premier League’s high 4 after being held to a 0-0 draw at Burnley on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s aspect are trailing 10 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea and look sure to fall effectively wanting the Champions League locations.
It was one other irritating afternoon for Arteta, who noticed his group squander a number of possibilities to take the lead in a match they might simply have misplaced with higher ending from Burnley.
Arsenal are with out a win of their final 4 league video games, having drawn all 4 of them, and Arteta has received simply as soon as in seven league matches since changing the sacked Unai Emery.
Arteta can level to just one defeat in that interval and there’s no doubt Arsenal are extra aggressive than they have been beneath Emery.
Even so, they nonetheless look creaky on the again and lack a innovative up entrance, a regarding challenge given the supposed wealth of attacking choices in Arteta’s squad.
Arsenal have now drawn 5 consecutive away league matches for the primary time since August 1948 and truly sit nearer to the relegation zone — seven factors away — than the highest 4.
New signings Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari have been lacking from the Arsenal squad as a consequence of health considerations.
But Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang returned after serving a suspension for his crimson card at Crystal Palace.
Mesut Ozil made his 250th Arsenal look after stories Arteta has blocked the German from becoming a member of a Qatari membership.
Ozil and Aubameyang mixed to carve open the Burnley defence within the opening moments, however Alexandre Lacazette headed extensive from the Gabon striker’s cross.
Arteta had his gamers run into boxing baggage on the membership’s coaching floor this week in an uncommon try to organize for the bodily take a look at posed by Burnley.
Arsenal have been up for the problem, shifting the ball shortly and with function at instances.
But Aubameyang ought to have executed higher than shoot harmlessly extensive after getting behind Matt Lowton to achieve David Luiz’s lengthy cross.
After a sluggish begin, Burnley threatened when Jay Rodriguez examined Bernd Leno with a stinging drive earlier than Dwight McNeil blasted simply over.
Arsenal remained harmful on the counter and Burnley keeper Nick Pope did effectively to dam Aubameyang’s chip.
Kept within the contest by their relentless work ethic, Burnley may have snatched the lead when Jeff Hendrick scooped wastefully over from McNeil’s cross.
Arsenal suffered a blow when younger left-back Bukayo Saka was pressured off on the interval after initially taking part in by his first-half damage.
Arteta’s defence have been uncovered within the air repeatedly as Burnley dominated after half-time.
They stood rooted to the spot when James Tarkowski headed a free-kick extensive earlier than Hendrick nodded previous the submit from McNeil’s cross.
Aubameyang has seven objectives in 4 video games in opposition to Burnley, however he couldn’t break the impasse this time, diving to go extensive from Lacazette’s cross.
Rodriguez ought to have received it for Burnley when he met McNeil’s cross with a close-range volley that hit the bar and bounced down on the road, with goalline know-how confirming the entire ball didn’t go over.