Aaron Ramsdale says Arsenal played into Burnley’s hands by lumping balls into the box on an afternoon when the Gunners lacked the attacking spark to beat the Premier League’s bottom club.
Knowing a win would carry see us climb up to fourth in the table, the Gunners dropped two vital points with a lacklustre 0-0 draw at the Emirates.
Having lost in stoppage time to Manchester City and exited both domestic cup competitions, the result caps an abject January for Mikel Arteta’s squad.
After the match, Ramsdale told Arsenal.com: “We didn’t really take the game to them, I’ll give credit to Burnley, they defended well.
“We put balls in the box and that’s meat and drink to Burnley, so it’s a difficult one. It’s definitely a missed opportunity for three points and to gain places back in the league but I’ll take the positive of a clean sheet, with the defending of the whole team. But definitely a frustrating day.
“It is down to [fatigue]. It’s a difficult one to say because I’m not the one running about every three or four days like those lads have been doing, but with the quality we had on the pitch, we could have got more.
“We had most of the ball and we could have made more chances, but I can’t fault any of the effort the lads have put in, defending or attacking wise, it was just a bit if quality we missed and also a few good saves from Popey [Nick Pope] as well.”
Manager Mikel Arteta was left similarly frustrated. The boss lamented a ponderous first half, a wasteful second and the fact one of his players couldn’t produce a moment of magic to dig the Gunners out of a hole.
“The way we started the game, it was slow and we didn’t play forward enough and didn’t have enough urgency,” he said.
“Probably because of Thursday, it could be one of the reasons. Afterwards, we picked the game up and started to get better, and certainly, the second half was completely different.
“We were much more dynamic, we had more penetration, we played forward and we had better positions to (threaten them) in behind and the width, in many situations. We created a number of situations, shots, crosses.
“But to win this match you need to have a different level of quality, and we lacked that today. With the amount of situations we generated, you need a spark, and someone has to win you the game, if you want to be on top.”