Premier League

BSSS Match Report: Burnley 0, Arsenal 0

All you need to know about Arsenal and Burnley’s scoreless draw in quickie form, complete with Bay State Soccer Sentinel analysis and insight:

THE SKINNY

Arsenal, Burnley can’t find the net: For the third time this weekend, a Premier League match ended scoreless. With both sides only putting a total of four shots on target, two apiece, Arsenal and Burnley remained tied on points and are now neck-in-neck at mid-table following Sunday morning’s 0-0 draw at Turf Moor. It’s the fourth consecutive draw in the league for the Gunners, with only four wins in their last 23 and are unbeaten in the 2020 calendar year. For Burnley, it is now unbeaten in its last three.

Soooo close to a lead for Burnley: In a match screaming for a goal, Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez came closest as he put it off the underside of the crossbar, barely missing the goalward side of the goal line by half a ball length in the 79th minute. It had followed a chance by Alexandre Lacazette at the other end, the closest Arsenal had come from scoring.

Burnley grow into the first half: While Arsenal had loads more of the ball and had five shots in the opening minutes, credit to Burnley for stopping and deflecting the Gunners’ shots; Arsenal had no shots on-target in the first half, and both Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, fresh off his three-match suspension, had gilt-edged chances to put Arsenal on top. But the Clarets looked more dangerous as the first half elapsed, putting the Arsenal on its heels defensively, the pitch tilting toward Bernd Leno’s goal. Burnley had 42 percent of the ball in the first half to Arsenal’s 58.

WHO’S HOT

None. Not exactly the greatest match of football.

WHO’S NOT

Arsenal: See below.

LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY

Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t scored on the road in his last 21 road matches; entering the game, he hadn’t scored in his last seven in the Premier League.

Arsenal were 10-0-1 against Burnley in the Premier League entering the match.

Both sides are still tied on points at 31, with Arsenal (-2) ahead of Burnley (-10), Newcastle United (-12), and Southampton (-15) on goal difference.

Arsenal had the ball for 57.6 percent of the match.

WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Arsenal are a side playing without verve, without creativity, without purpose. Mesut Özil looked uninspired. Lacazette couldn’t find the net it you pointed it out to him with multicolored arrows. The defending, which had a lot of lot of time pinned in its own end Sunday, gave up a couple more free headers.

And fair play to Burnley for coming closest to scoring. I said it above, the Clarets looked the more dangerous of the two sides, especially nearing the end of the first half. Had Burnley scored, it would have been fully deserved.

THEY SAID IT

“In periods of the game, yes I liked it, but in other periods I did not. We started to give free-kicks, throw-ins, corners away and in that they are better than us. I learned a lot about the resilience we showed in defense and also that we need to improve the quality of our play, be calmer and improve the end product. In the offensive part of our game, we have to do better for longer periods of the game.” — Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

WHAT’S ON TAP

Arsenal will host Newcastle United on Sunday, Feb. 16 (11:30 a.m.) while Burnley travels to Southampton on Saturday, Feb. 15 (7:30 a.m.)

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