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'Anti' is upped on Arteta as toothless Gunners struggle

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

As Arsenal's players left the field to sarcastic chants of "anti-football" from the Burnley supporters, Matteo Guendouzi paused briefly to gesture to the Turf Moor crowd.

Throwing two hands forward, the midfielder seemed to be implying that Burnley just lump it long but this was not a day for any Arsenal player to start casting aspersions.

Sure, Arsenal had the early chances, but for much of the second half when this became a backs-to-the-wall job for Mikel Arteta's side, it was Burnley playing the football.

Yes, there were plenty of balls into the box, but the quality and precision of Burnley's delivery, often from the outstanding Ashley Westwood and Dwight McNeil, really merited a goal and perhaps only Jay Rodriguez will know how this game finished 0-0.

Save for Chris Wood's impressive turn as a target man, it was not a day for strikers. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for once, left his shooting boots at home, the Arsenal forward squandering three opportunities. Yet Rodriguez had the best chances of the lot and, but for his wastefulness, Burnley might have been toasting a first top-flight win against Arsenal for 46 years.

Having already sent two close-range headers wide, the striker crashed a volley off the underside of the crossbar from only a few yards out 11 minutes from time. The ball bounced down on to the goal-line but did not cross it. No one expected Arteta to transform Arsenal overnight but anybody doubting the scale of the job the Spaniard faces should have sat through this.

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Arsenal's Lucas Torreira in action with Burnley's Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira in action with Burnley's Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

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David Luiz, the Arsenal defender, had accused Burnley of being "anti-football" after a game with Chelsea last year but that same side were passing rings around Arsenal here and the home fans revelled in letting the Gunners know. Had Rodriguez found the net, they would have had the perfect finale. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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