Arteta blames the grass after Arsenal’s stalemate against Burnley

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has blamed the length of the grass at Turf Moor after the gunners’ draw against Burnley on Sunday.

Arsenal’s hopes of closing the gap on the top four were dealt another huge blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Burnley.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two excellent chances to put Arsenal ahead, while Jay Rodriguez wasted a gilt-edged chance from close range in the second half of the match.

The result is Arsenal’s fourth in a row in the Premier League, while they still remain 10 points behind the blues in the table.

‘The conditions were difficult,’ Arteta said after the game.

‘The grass was long, they didn’t put any water on it. Obviously, that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.’

Asked if he expected Burnley to not water the pitch, Mikel Arteta said: ‘Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday in the training ground.

‘I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play.

‘But it’s their game, they do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, you have to adapt.

‘We adapted well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass it was the quality.

‘What they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way.’


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