We missed the chance to break into the top four again today, drawing 0-0 at home with the team at the bottom of the league.
We created plenty of chances, but couldn’t break down the visitors who had a few chances of their own to nick a second win on the bounce at The Emirates after their win last season.
Lacazette went close for us, Tierney fired over, Saka missed a good chance after some more excellent work from Odegaard. The Norwegian also went close with a free-kick which nestled on top of the net as we dominated the game.
The result now means in January that we’ve played 5, lost 2, drawn 3, scored once and had three red cards, a shocking return given how strongly we ended December.
Ashley Westwood should have probably been sent off for Burnley but survived a VAR review (of course) and Nick Pope wasted so much time in the Burnley goal but the referee only added four minutes on at the end as we tried to break the deadlock.
Either way, if we’re serious about top four, you should be beating the bottom team at home, even with a few players missing and today simply wasn’t good enough and highlighted the need to sign a striker (and to stop getting stupid red cards).
The frustrating thing is we now have ages to wait until the next game, but the squad are off to Dubai for a training camp which will hopefully reset their bodies and minds. Also, all of our suspensions are now complete so we can truly concentrate on the league when they get back.