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Pitch slowed Gunners down: Arteta

Burnley 0 Arsenal 0

Mikel Arteta took a bizarre swipe at the playing conditions after watching Arsenal struggle to cling on for a goalless draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Gunners were second best for much of the match with Jay Rodriguez coming closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts when he rammed his second-half strike against the underside of the bar.

Despite the continued overcast weather, Arteta insisted the long grass and a dry pitch had played a role in preventing his side playing their normal game.

Indicating a couple of inches, Arteta insisted: "The conditions were difficult - the grass was this long and they didn't put any water on it, and that's not a very helpful thing to play football.

"I didn't water the pitch yesterday at the training ground because I expected it, but that doesn't make it any easier to play.

"They (Burnley) do what they do really well, and you are allowed to do it so we have to react to that. In some moments it wasn't the grass - it was their quality and what they do really well, and we could not do it in the right way."

The draw left the Gunners without a Premier League win since New Year's Day and Arteta was scathing of some aspects of his side's display, conditions aside.

He added: "I was very disappointed with the way we started the second half. For the first 20 minutes, we couldn't control any aspect of the game, and we were lucky not to concede a goal.

"We need more consistency. We were fantastic in some moments but we were so sloppy and we put ourselves in big trouble with a lot of unnecessary situations."

Opposite number Sean Dyche said: "It's another clean sheet and another point to make it seven from three games available, and it continually shows that the players are ready for the challenge."

Belfast Telegraph