Arsenal were underwhelming in attack at Burnley and head coach Mikel Arteta conceded his side are a long way short of his expectations.

Mikel Arteta was pleased with Arsenal’s defensive resilience in their 0-0 draw at Burnley, but the Spaniard acknowledged his side are “very far from what I want” when it comes to attacking quality.

A run of 11 successive wins for the Gunners against Burnley came to a deserved end at Turf Moor, where the hosts went closest to snatching three points when Jay Rodriguez hit the underside of the crossbar from close range late on.

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Arsenal remain well adrift of the Premier League’s top four, while they have now won only two of their last 17 top-flight matches, including just one victory in seven league games since Arteta took charge.

Reflecting on a frustrating display, which had begun encouragingly with clear chances for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta told Sky Sports: “We have to improve quality-wise. We are very far from what I want in terms of sustaining attacks and being more unpredictable in our play, but that’s a process.

“We generated the chances that you expect here to put the game to bed. We didn’t do it.

“I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes: the way we came out, the way we controlled the game, the opportunities that we generated. And we were on top of the game. I think we had the chances to score one or two goals in that moment.

“After 20-25 minutes, we started to give some sloppy passes away, to concede free-kicks, throw-ins, corners and that sequence [is] very difficult to get out of that.”

Arteta was at least satisfied with the manner in which his side stood up to the hosts’ threat, adding: “The way the boys defended the box, it was really good. I think we have improved a lot in the way we have conceded [fewer] chances.”

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Arsenal will await news on the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who was withdrawn at half-time after suffering an injury during the opening period.

“We need to assess him but he was in pain,” said Arteta.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche adopted a heavily sarcastic tone as he again discussed opposition players apparently going to ground too easily.

Asked if he had been frustrated by a number of Arsenal players going down, Dyche told Sky Sports: “No, not at all. I think the game’s in a fantastic state. I think it’s lovely to watch when people are falling over. I love it. It’s my favourite part of the game at the moment.”

Pressed on whether it was an issue that needed addressing, Dyche remained sardonic, replying: “No, because no one wants to address it, apart from me it seems, so I’m absolutely happy with the state of the game, as everyone should be.”

Source: Fotmob

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