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Arteta - We have to put these games away

Not for the first time this year, Mikel Arteta has seen his team dominate an away game and leave without all three points.

Wolves, Aston Villa and now Burnley have denied us victory despite being second-best for much of the game, and our draw at Turf Moor was especially painful after we had a big penalty appeal turned down.

"I'm really disappointed with the result, but the reality is that we generated so many big chances but only scored one goal," Arteta told Arsenal Media.

"When you do that and then you give a goal to the opponent like we did, then you don't get the referee's decision when it's clear and obvious, then it becomes really difficult to win a football match.

"We started well and then that's when you have to put the game away and it has to be two or three-nil and the game is over.

"We gave them hope because we gave them a goal in a situation that we train for, and it can happen, but then we struggled for 20 to 25 minutes in the second half because we played their game.

"We talked about it, but they do it really well. They started to stop every goal kick, every set piece, put the ball away, they played long balls, second balls. They are really good at that.

"When we started to play our game again in the last 15 minutes, we created some big chances and a clear penalty, but we could not convert."

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