Player ratings as Gunners frustrated in drab draw


Arsenal dominated possession but failed to test Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope as they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

The Gunners took control early on but their play was accompanied by a splattering of frustration from the home fans who wanted to see more urgency from their side against Burnley’s resolute defence.

Alexandre Lacazette had a good chance to open the scoring, but Arsenal hearts were in mouths 18 minutes in as Aaron Ramsdale made a real mess of a corner and was fortunate to get away with it.

Nick Pope was soon called on to deal with a strike from Martin Odegaard, with Arsenal noticeably making an effort to step things up. Bukayo Saka curled a stoppage-time effort wide but that was as good as it got for Arsenal, who couldn’t make the most of their near 80% possession in the first 45.

A cute corner routine gave Emile Smith Rowe the first real chance of the second half after the hour mark. His low drive was nice but stopped well by Pope, who did very well to see it through a crowd of bodies.


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