Arsenal’s bid to return to the Premier League top four took another blow as they drew 0-0 with Burnley at the Emirates.

The Gunners were by far the dominant team in north London, but the Clarets held on with a superb defensive display that frustrated their opponents.

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Arsenal could not find a way past Burnley

Arsenal, without Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Takehiro Tomiyasu, were able to move the ball well but in the penalty area several chances were wasted.

In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s prolonged absence, Alexandre Lacazette led the line but barely troubled Nick Pope with a series of scuffing strikes.

The lack of firepower came back to haunt Arteta, even with the departure of Gabriel Martinelli and the exit of Eddie Nketiah from the bench.

And Arsenal are now, worryingly, scoreless in their last four games in all competitions.

Lacazette was guilty of major failures

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Lacazette was guilty of major failures

A hasty save from an ill-positioned Ramsdale deprived Burnley of a game opener, while Lacazette scuffed wide on the run in an end-to-end early game.

And Ramsdale almost conceded in comical circumstances when, caught up in a fight with Josh Brownhill and Kieran Tierney, he opted to hit a corner.

He got it wrong and could only watch the ball finally get put behind for a goal kick.

Burnley’s famous block then came into play to deny the Gunners as their bodies on the line denied Martin Odegaard and Lacazette.

Ramsdale didn't have much to do but had some concerning early moments

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Ramsdale didn’t have much to do but had some concerning early moments

And Dyche’s men continued to frustrate their hosts heading into the second half.

Burnley were again at their best with Nick Pope, superbly denying Emile Smith Rowe as Arsenal attempted a clever set-piece routine.

Erik Pieters was next to deny Smith Rowe, while Lacazette again scuffed wide when well placed.

Meanwhile, on the touchline, Arteta was furious with the fourth official as he demanded the referee clamp down on wasting time.

Arteta became very frustrated on the touchline

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Arteta became very frustrated on the touchline

The Gunners kept knocking on the door with the efforts of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel but no clean chances were created as Burnley retained some of the spoils, despite remaining bottom of the table.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are now a point behind West Hamw with two games less.

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