Mikel Arteta has highlighted the defensive improvements Arsenal have made after watching his side secure a 0-0 draw at Burnley yesterday.
The north London side drew for the fourth consecutive Premier League match at Turf Moor on Sunday, neither side managing to make a breakthrough despite exchanging chances in an entertaining contest.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasted good chances as Arsenal had the better of the opening exchanges, though it would be Burnley who would come closest to finding a winner as Jay Rodriguez hit the underside of the crossbar – goal-line technology confirming the ball did not cross the line.
The result extended the Gunners’ run of form to just one win in their past nine league fixtures, though Arteta was full of praise for his side’s defensive resilience as they withstood a second-half bombardment from the hosts to secure an away point.
“I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes, the way we came out and dominated the game,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
”After 20-25 minutes we started to give sloppy passes away, gave throw-ins, corners away and that sequence is difficult to get out of here.
“They are very good at chipping the ball forward, the best way to stop it is to have control of the ball. It did disturb the way we wanted to attack but it’s not an excuse. Granit [Xhaka] played there and did well.
“The way the boys defended was really good and I think we have improved a lot in the way we concede chances.”
Arsenal move back into the top half with a point and currently sit tenth, though the club remain ten points adrift of the top four in the race to secure Champions League qualification.
Burnley leapfrog Newcastle and Southampton and now sit 11th, moving ahead of the duo on goal difference.