Mikel Arteta admitted that Arsenal needed to control the ball better if they wanted to beat Burnley after being held to a goalless draw.
Arsenal drew their fourth Premier League game in a row, failing to score for the first time with Arteta on the touchline.
A win would have seen them move away from Burnley in the table, but they remain stuck in the bottom half, level on points with their opponents.
Arteta told Sky Sports that he was disappointed with the way the game unravelled after a bright start.
“I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes, the way we came out and dominated the game,” he said. “After 20-25 minutes we started to give sloppy passes away, gave throw-ins, corners away and that sequence is difficult to get out of here.
“They are very good at chipping the ball forward, the best way to stop it is to have control of the ball. It did disturb the way we wanted to attack but it’s not an excuse. Granit [Xhaka] played there and did well.
“The way the boys defended was really good and I think we have improved a lot in the way we concede chances.”
Arteta further elaborated to Match of the Day how he noticed a contrast between the quality of their attack and defence.
“I learned a lot about the resilience we showed in defence and also that we need to improve the quality of our play, be calmer and improve the end product,” he added.
“In the offensive part of our game, we have to do better for longer periods of the game.”