Burnley bags a precious point in goalless draw at Arsenal

Burnley earned themselves a precious point in a 0-0 draw away at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, with their back line and keeper doing just enough to keep out the misfiring Gunners.

Arsenal's Rob Holding in action with Burnley's Matej Vydra.   -  Reuters

Burnley earned themselves a precious point in a 0-0 draw away at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, with their backline and keeper doing just enough to keep out the misfiring Gunners.

Arsenal dominated possession in the first half and registered 12 attempts on goal to Burnley's five, but the home side was let down by some wayward finishing.

Burnley, playing only their second league game of the year after COVID outbreaks, pressed hard early on, Dwight McNeil going close with a powerful cross from outside the box that Arsenal keeper Aaron Ramsdale tipped over the bar.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka all had goal attempts but were either off target or not good enough to beat Clarets keeper Nick Pope.

The hosts came to life again halfway through the second half, with Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli creating numerous chances in a breathless period of play. But despite all the pressure they were unable to find the back of the net.

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"Top drawer blocks, headers out - lads really sticking together and showing real character," Pope told the BBC.

The best chance of the game came when Smith Rowe beat James Tarkowski on the left and whipped the ball to Alexandre Lacazette, only for the Frenchman to stab his shot wide of the post.

"We tried in every different way but lacked the quality in the final third," Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told the BBC.

"You need spark and creativity to win football matches and today we didn't do that."

The draw lifts Arsenal above Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference to sixth place, ahead of Spurs' late game away at Chelsea.

Burnley stays bottom on 12 points but is now only four points from the safety zone - and with at least two games in hand on the three teams above them.

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