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Burnley miss chances and frustrate Arsenal with a 0-0 draw

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02 Feb 2020
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Arsenal recorded a fourth consecutive Premier League draw as they held 0-0 in an entertaining stalemate with Burnley at Turf Moor.

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Arsenal was recklessly extravagant in front of goal. In the opening exchanges, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed good chances. But they were fortunate to avoid defeat later on as Jay Rodriguez struck the crossbar from point-blank range.

Sean Dyche sought to plot a path for a first Premier League victory against Arsenal who had won six league games all season.

Gunners had two glorious openings inside the first 15 minutes. But two players typically ruthless in front of goal were very wasteful. Firstly, with just two minutes, Aubameyang crossed for the unmarked Lacazette to head a yard wide from close range.

Aubameyang was then played onside by Charlie Taylor. He was found clean through on goal by David Luiz’s measured long pass. But, Arsenal’s 16-goal top scorer showed signs of rustiness flowing his return from a three-game ban, slashing his right-foot wide.

It was far too close to a shave for Burnley manager Dyche. His side duly sparked into life indirect fashion as Bernd Leno produced a fine save to deny Rodriguez from distance following Chris Wood’s knockdown into his path.

Burnley’s aggressive approach to regaining the ball high up the pitch contributed to them swinging the balance. Nick Pope stood tall to deny Aubameyang’s lofted finish from Granit Xhaka’s pass.

Arsenal subsequently lost their way as an attacking force. Leno well saved Dwight McNeil’s rasping drive from the edge of the box. It was McNeil’s cross that was then stabbed wide by Jeff Hendrick in the host’s best opening.

The Gunners’ frustration grew as Mesut Ozil was booked for dissent.

The second-half

Arteta reshaped his players at the break. Lucas Torreira substituted the injured Bukayo Saka. Nonetheless, Burnley continued to look more menacing.

Ben Mee appeared to get in James Tarkowski’s way as he headed over Ashley Westwood’s inviting free-kick.

Arsenal clung on as Burnley’s aerial bombardment continued. Rodriguez got too much on his glanced header at the near post from another Westwood set-piece before Hendrick was guilty of missing a better chance as he headed McNeil’s cross wide from six yards out.

Arteta had seen enough. He hooked the ineffectual Ozil on his first appearance at Turf Moor since 2016 introducing Joe Willock in a bid to stem the flow of Burnley pressure.

It looked to have worked when Lacazette presented Aubameyang with another opening from cross inside the final quarter of an hour. But he was once again unable to add to his goals and glanced his header inches wide.

Arsenal was lucky not to suffer the seventh defeat with 12 minutes remaining, Rodriguez met McNeil’s header back across goal only to fire his shot against the underside of the bar. With goal-line technology confirming the ball had not crossed the line, both sides had to settle for a point.

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