Arsenal doubled their Premier League points tally with a narrow 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor but Mikel Arteta was not completely sold with his team’s performance. Martin Odegaard’s moment of magic from a brilliant direct free-kick was all that separated the sides.
The Gunners lacked that key spark in the final third, as they have all season, and were made to battle hard for their openings.
However, Arteta felt his side were not good enough at keeping the ball, especially in the second half.
“It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place,” Arteta said. “You have to be ready for a fight.
“In the first half we had some really good periods when we were really dominant and should have scored more goals. In the second half we gave the ball away cheaply too many times.
“We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win. I’m very proud of them defensively and I’m really pleased with the win.
“It’s two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let’s go again. We have a lot to catch up!”
Burnley thought they had a golden opportunity to steal a share of the spoils right at the death when Aaron Ramsdale was adjudged to have fouled Matej Vydra in the box and the referee awarded a penalty.
But after a discussion with his linesman and VAR, the decision was overturned.
“The assistant was saying straight away it’s not a penalty,” Arteta explained. “You have to overturn that.”
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