What more motivation do Arsenal need? They’re in great form, coming off successive important wins, and have seen their main challengers for the title, Manchester City beaten by their own rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite this, and the chance to establish themselves as true title contenders with a comfortable win against a determined but ultimately limited Burnley side, Arsenal laboured all over the pitch, and failed to create enough good chances.
Players like Mesut Ozil, who has been so exceptional in the last few games for the Gunners, regularly has games like this where he can’t quite find the top level of intensity you need to force a goal past an organised side like Burnley. Some blame can also be put on Arsene Wenger for failing to change his side’s strategy early enough.
Arsenal were very lucky to get a win in the end, and they should heed the warning – in the Premier League title race, it’s complacency in the “small” games that costs you the title as often as it is defeats against the other title challengers.