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Arteta issues damning assessment of Arsenal squad

Arteta issues damning assessment of Arsenal's performance after drab Burnley draw

February 2, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The new Gunners boss was critical of his players following Sunday's disappointing result.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his dissatisfaction with his side's performance following Sunday's 0-0 draw with Burnley. The former Gunners midfielder questioned the quality of their play and admitted that the team was far from where he wants them to be in terms of standard.

The arrival of Arteta at Arsenal has been met with mixed feelings with the Gunners yet to hit the ground running under his supervision. Despite holding an unbeaten record so far this year, the performance of the London outfit has mostly been underwhelming and Sunday's 0-0 draw with Burnley - the 13th for the club in the league this season - simply rehashes what has been an uninspiring campaign.

Following the end to proceedings at Turf Moore, Mikel Arteta subtly commended his men for the day's display but opined that his men remain far from where he wants them in their general gameplay.

"I think we started really, really well, we could have scored at least two," he told Sky Sports.

"We dominated the game like we wanted, we got out from their pressure pretty well, we played in the opponents' half and we controlled the long balls and second balls. After 20 to 25 minutes, we started to concede a lot of unnecessary free-kicks, throw-ins, corner kicks and when that happens you can't find any continuity in your play and that is not the game we want to play.

"I was very disappointed with the way we started the second half, the first 15 to 20 minutes we could not control any aspect of the game and we allowed a lot of crosses and second balls inside our box, and at some stages we were lucky not to concede a goal.

"The positive thing is the reaction in the last 20 minutes, when we started to play again, we had the courage to play and the courage to take the opportunity that they allowed. The space was there because they committed a lot of people forward but we couldn't finish the actions well enough to score.

"We generated chances to put the game to bed but we didn't," Arteta added. We have to improve quality-wise. We are very far from where I want us in terms of sustaining attacks and being more unpredictable in our play but that's a process."

Following the 0-0 draw with Burnley, Arsenal still remains unbeaten and is also without a win away under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners have drawn all five of their last five away matches under the new boss.


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