The Warmdown: Arsenal struggle to a draw against Burnley
Alexandre Lacazette's miss was the main highlight from a drab game (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

It was far from a Super Sunday at the Emirates, with Arsenal lacklustre in attack against a resilient Burnley defence.

To cap off what's been a dismal January for The Gunners, a 0-0 at home to the bottom placed team, who hadn't played a game for over two weeks prior, is far from what was needed.

This performance was a far cry from the side that went 10 games unbeaten earlier in the season, with substandard displays all over the board and no real bite in the final third.

Despite dominating all aspects of the stats (apart from the scoreline) Arsenal just couldn't find the breakthrough, with The Clarets defending resolutely and effectively throughout the 90.

The best chance of the game fell for Alexandre Lacazette, but he could only drag Emile Smith Rowe's pull-back wide of the near post with Nick Pope stranded.

Martin Odegaard and the aforementioned Smith Rowe could've easily had a goal between them before half-time, but Pope denied the pair of them in quick succession.

Burnley's rarely ventured out of their half, but on one of the occasions they did, Dwight McNeil's inswinging cross nearly caught out Aaron Ramsdale, who had to acrobatically dive backwards to tip it over the crossbar.

One of the main talking points would be the possible red card for visiting midfielder Ashley Westwood, who was only shown yellow for a nasty challenge on Kieran Tierney and then, somewhat bizarrely, dodged a second card when he caught Gabriel's face.

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Notable performances

It would be a lie to say that any Arsenal player really stood out, but Lacazette's performance was notable but for the wrong reasons.

Aside from the poor miss, he rarely engaged with attacks, and on the off chance he did, he was usually picking up possession from deep rather than in and around the penalty area.

His height and aerial ability proved no real test for the imperious Ben Mee and James Tarkowski and his pace didn't seem to bother the pair much either.

Pope's saves in the first half were the only real work he had to do, and Connor Roberts managed to largely deal with Smith Rowe.

Like Thursday's defeat to Liverpool, Arsenal's main reliance was on Gabriel Martinelli, but with the deep line set by the visitors, he couldn't be utilised to his full ability.

Odegaard was marked out of midfield by Westwood, and Tierney was nullified on the left.

(Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

What now?

Not having another match until February 10 (as it stands) may come as a relief to some, but for others it may leave a bitter taste in the mouth- who wants to wait 17 days for a match after a 0-0?!

As of today, a week remains of the January transfer window. Following the abysmal month The Gunners have had, it's only natural that fans are crying out for reinforcements.

Having just three senior players on the bench yesterday desperately underlines the need for better strength in depth, especially when you consider that both Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah (as it stands) will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Obviously names such as Dusan Vlahovic, Arthur Melo, Bruno Guimaraes and Djed Spence have been floating around the club for what now feels like a much longer time than just a couple of weeks, but with an uninterrupted week to go of the month, Arsenal fans would hope that someone joins up.

A poor month ends at The Emirates, being knocked out of both cup competitions, scoring just the one goal and having not scored for over nine halves of football leaves some fans stunned, with the five game winning streak at the end of 2021 a distant memory to savour. 

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