Arsenal failed to win, Mikel Arteta blamed the grass
Arsenal failed to get full points on their trip to Turf Moor Stadium against host Burnley. Speaking after the match, coach Mikel Arteta looked disappointed. Interestingly, he did not blame the players, but the condition of the field.
On Matchday 25th Premier League last weekend, Arsenal travel to the headquarters of Burnley. Despite playing as a guest team, from the beginning Arsenal were favored win. Unfortunately, no one goal occurred until the fight ended. A 0-0 score becomes the final result for both teams.
In fact, this draw continues Arsenal’s unbeaten record since Mikel Arteta was coached. However, they also had too many draws rather than wins. Not surprisingly, this draw was disappointing for coach Mikel Arteta.
What’s more, one point achieved making the top four increasingly out of reach, Arsenal stuck in 10th place with only 31 points. Arsenal’s game was not very good in the match. They had appeared dominant in the initial 20-25 minutes.
In fact, there were some moments they almost missed a goal. However, instead of blaming his players, coach Mikel Arteta actually blamed the field conditions at Turf Moor Stadium. According to him, the grass on the field could not support Arsenal’s playing style.
“The conditions are difficult, the grass is this long. They didn’t water it and it certainly didn’t help to play soccer. I didn’t even water our practice field yesterday, so I had expected it. However, that does not mean it makes it easier for us to play, “said Arteta at Arsenal.com.
Actually the problem of grass is indeed not to blame. In fact, that is one part of the home team’s trick to make it difficult for their opponents. Moreover, Burnley had no problems with dry rumos, because they relied on air balls.
“It’s their game, they are really good at it. That’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, so we have to adapt. We have adapted to the best of a number of moments and at some other times not because of grass, but because of their quality. “He concluded.