Mikel Arteta was pleased with Arsenal's defensive resilience in their 0-0 draw at Burnley, but the Spaniard acknowledged his side are "very far from what I want" when it comes to attacking quality.

A run of 11 successive wins for the Gunners against Burnley came to a deserved end at Turf Moor, where the hosts went closest to snatching three points when Jay Rodriguez hit the underside of the crossbar from close range late on.

Arsenal remain well adrift of the Premier League's top four, while they have now won only two of their last 17 top-flight matches, including just one victory in seven league games since Arteta took charge.

Reflecting on a frustrating display, which had begun encouragingly with clear chances for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta told Sky Sports: "We have to improve quality-wise. We are very far from what I want in terms of sustaining attacks and being more unpredictable in our play, but that's a process.

"We generated the chances that you expect here to put the game to bed. We didn't do it.

"I was very pleased with the first 15-20 minutes: the way we came out, the way we controlled the game, the opportunities that we generated. And we were on top of the game. I think we had the chances to score one or two goals in that moment.

"After 20-25 minutes, we started to give some sloppy passes away, to concede free-kicks, throw-ins, corners and that sequence [is] very difficult to get out of that."

Arteta was at least satisfied with the manner in which his side stood up to the hosts' threat, adding: "The way the boys defended the box, it was really good. I think we have improved a lot in the way we have conceded [fewer] chances."

Arsenal will await news on the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who was withdrawn at half-time after suffering an injury during the opening period.

"We need to assess him but he was in pain," said Arteta.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche adopted a heavily sarcastic tone as he again discussed opposition players apparently going to ground too easily.

Asked if he had been frustrated by a number of Arsenal players going down, Dyche told Sky Sports: "No, not at all. I think the game's in a fantastic state. I think it's lovely to watch when people are falling over. I love it. It's my favourite part of the game at the moment."

Pressed on whether it was an issue that needed addressing, Dyche remained sardonic, replying: "No, because no one wants to address it, apart from me it seems, so I'm absolutely happy with the state of the game, as everyone should be."

Arsenal's Premier League struggles continued on Sunday as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley, who could easily have snatched all three points at Turf Moor.

The Gunners had won their last 11 meetings with Burnley in all competitions but Mikel Arteta's men did not do nearly enough to extend that run as they again failed to make up significant ground on the top four.

Although Arsenal spurned presentable chances of their own, they could consider themselves a little fortunate to pick up a point as Jay Rodriguez somehow contrived to hit the underside of the bar from five yards out with 12 minutes remaining, the ball coming down on the goalline.

Both teams remain on 31 points, 10 adrift of the top four and seven above the bottom three.

An unmarked Alexandre Lacazette headed wastefully off-target from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross as Arsenal started brightly, before the latter latched on to David Luiz's lofted ball over the top, only to screw a shot hopelessly wide of the near post.

Burnley were grateful for a superb last-ditch tackle from James Tarkowski on Lacazette when the forward looked set to score, but the hosts soon grew into the game as Arsenal's threat faded.

Either side of Nick Pope staying big to deny Aubameyang, Rodriguez's low 25-yarder tested Bernd Leno while the impressive Dwight McNeil and Jeff Hendrick each went close.

Burnley certainly carried the greater threat early in the second half, Tarkowski and Ben Mee both threatening from set-pieces prior to Jeff Hendrick heading a McNeil cross narrowly past Leno's right-hand post.

Aubameyang sent a header inches past the post from Lacazette's left-wing delivery in a rare moment of second-half danger for the hosts, but it was Burnley who came closest to a winner, Rodriguez failing to convert McNeil's knock-down when it looked easier to score.


What does it mean? Arsenal with so much work to do

Arteta clearly deserves time to make his mark, but it is staggering how far Arsenal have fallen. They have now won just two of their last 17 Premier League games - and only six all season. To say the Spaniard faces a big rebuilding job would be a major understatement.

McNeil shines again

As Arsenal's attacking stars failed to convince, Burnley's McNeil was the most dangerous player on the pitch, posing a constant threat with his pace and dangerous deliveries. It surely will not be long before the winger is the subject of serious interest from a bigger club.

Gunners mis-fire in attack

This was not a good day for Arsenal's starting front four. Lacazette and Aubameyang should each have scored inside the first 15 minutes, with the latter also heading wide late on, while Gabriel Martinelli was virtually anonymous and Mesut Ozil also struggled prior to his 63rd-minute withdrawal.

What's next?

Both teams can enjoy a mid-season break prior to their next fixtures. Arsenal host Newcastle United in a fortnight's time, while Burnley travel to Southampton a day earlier.
 

Mikel Arteta suggested Arsenal will not make any further signings on deadline day, though he did not rule out someone following Cedric Soares through the door.

Arsenal have bolstered their defensive options with the arrival of right-back Cedric, whose contract at Southampton expires in June, on loan until the end of the season.

The move for the Portugal international - who is unlikely to debut this weekend due to "a little issue" - on Friday followed the signing of Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari on loan with an option to buy.

Arteta hinted there could be more movement at Emirates Stadium but that it was unlikely.

"I'd say no but you never know," the Arsenal head coach said when asked about potential incomings.

"We've been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we've been going through in the last few weeks.

"We found two players who we believe can be very useful and can improve our squad and we are happy."

Arsenal travel to Burnley on Sunday and will then head to Dubai for a training camp during the mid-season, something Arteta is looking forward to as he aims to instil his philosophy.

"We need to be ready for a battle. We have to go there with complete focus and energy and a clear plan because if not they are very hard to deal with," said Arteta.

"Since November they haven't had two days off, so they need to reset their minds a little bit. I wanted to take them away from here and live together more and train some concepts, as in the last few weeks we haven't had time to prepare or train.

"We are on the right path. The next two weeks after Dubai will help us accelerate that process and I'm happy where I am."

The Gunners will welcome back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz from suspension at Turf Moor, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Tottenham appear set to soften Christian Eriksen's exit by making their second January signing.

Almost two weeks after landing Gedson Fernandes on loan, the Premier League side are reportedly on the cusp of capturing Steven Bergwijn from PSV.

The impending transfer has caused unrest in Eindhoven, where there is said to be animosity towards Spurs.

 

TOP STORY - SPURS TO SIGN BERGWIJN

Tottenham are closing in on the €30million (£25.3m) acquisition of Dutch winger Bergwijn, according to the Guardian.

The 22-year-old, capped nine times at international level, has reportedly travelled to London to finalise the deal.

PSV's interim head coach Ernest Faber claimed Bergwijn asked to be left out of Sunday's 1-1 Eredivisie draw against Twente, telling reporters: "It's his choice. We only need players who are 100 per cent focused on PSV."

The former Ajax youth player later clarified his version of events in a video uploaded to his Instagram account, where he insisted he was not a "rat" and that Faber had given his blessing to the switch.

Bergwijn was linked to Bayern Munich in 2019.

 

ROUND-UP 

- It could be Bergwijn in, Eriksen out to begin the week for Spurs. Sky Sport Italia says the Denmark international will ink his Inter contract after undergoing a medical on Monday. 

- LaLiga side Sevilla are working to sign Milan winger Suso on an initial 18-month loan deal, claims CalcioMercato. 

- Could former Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain enigma Hatem Ben Arfa finally be about to find a new home? The 32-year-old, a free agent since leaving Rennes, is on the verge of joining Real Valladolid, reports Mundo Deportivo. 

- Crystal Palace have rejected a bid from PSV bid for £9m-rated left-back Patrick van Aanholt, says the Daily Mail.

- West Ham and Burnley are monitoring Sampdoria's ex-Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira, according to the Athletic.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Manchester United's dreadful defeat to Burnley was not "a fair reflection" of his players as they were "mentally" drained 10 days out from a mid-season break.

United are fifth in the Premier League but remain six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after slumping to a shocking 2-0 loss to Burnley at Old Trafford.

Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez got the visitors' goals, while United, after passing up promising first-half chances, scarcely threatened a fightback.

Manager Solskjaer does not want United to wallow in the aftermath of the loss, yet he believes his players are struggling.

They face Watford or Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup on Sunday, before an EFL Cup semi-final second leg against rivals Manchester City - who lead 3-1 on aggregate - and a Premier League clash with Wolves.

United can then enjoy a mid-season break before returning to action at Chelsea on February 17.

"For us, we've just got to stick to our values, stick to our beliefs, knowing it's no use feeling sorry for yourself," Solskjaer told a news conference. "You know you've got to go out there tomorrow, the day after, getting ready for Sunday.

"We know we've had X amount of games since the beginning of December and they are very stretched. Some of these have probably played more than they should have and expected.

"More mentally than physically, I think, they need the mid-season break. So we just need to get over that line, get these three games not out of the way but look forward to Sunday.

"FA Cup against who knows who still. There's a chance then to get some belief back."

Solskjaer added United have sporadically been "fantastic" but the Burnley game was an indication of "where we're at" in terms of squad depth, with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford all out.

"I wouldn't say today was a fair reflection on this group and the season they've been through," he said. "They've done fantastic at times.

"Of course, I can't sit here and do anything but hold my hands up and say that's not good enough for Manchester United.

"But that's where we're at at the moment in terms of players. It's not like we had 10 players on the bench we could have rotated. They've played and they've done fantastic."

Rio Ferdinand slammed Manchester United's direction following the "embarrassing" Premier League loss to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez condemned a woeful United side to a deflating 2-0 home defeat in Marcus Rashford's absence.

The result left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea and some 30 points behind leaders Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Anfield three days earlier.

Ferdinand, a vocal supporter when Solskjaer was named manager on a full-time basis in March, admitted the Norwegian deserves scrutiny and was scathing in his assessment of the club's transfer market moves since Alex Ferguson's retirement.

"I have played with Ole, he is an ex-team-mate of mine, but the results have not been good enough," the former Red Devils defender told BT Sport.

"He has had some key players get injured but, with the big amount of money spent on this squad, you would expect more in reserve.

"You look at some of the players that have come in – [Marcos] Rojo, [Radamel] Falcao, [Marouane] Fellaini, [Morgan] Schneiderlin, [Memphis] Depay – were these players ever Manchester United players, really?

"Who is buying these players? The manager coming in who wanted them for now, or the club buying for now but also future-proofing?

"£600m roughly has been spent on this squad and the most impressive players this season have been the homegrown talent. That speaks volumes about the recruitment. It tells you how shoddy it has been.

"Look at Liverpool, they buy the best players to fit in their system. It is not a short-term fix. Total opposite end of the scale here."

United have now won just two of their past seven matches in all competitions, and the mood at Old Trafford was summed up by the sight of supporters pouring through the exits before full-time.

"I'm embarrassed. It's embarrassing to be here," Ferdinand continued.

"Not just about the team performing, I don't see what's coming next, I don't see a pathway, I don't see a target being set on the wall and saying we're going to get to that and this is how we're going to get there."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United have started a "clear out" and are "looking to improve" by adding new players this month following a chastening 2-0 home defeat to Burnley.

United produced an abject display against Sean Dyche's men on Wednesday as they lacked a cutting edge in attack without the injured Marcus Rashford, who could be out until April with a back problem.

Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez got the goals for Burnley, who ultimately had little difficulty hanging on to the victory.

United have been strongly linked with Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes, though media reports continue to suggest the two clubs are well apart in their valuation of the Portugal international.

Solskjaer is adamant United are looking to bolster the squad, though he failed to answer whether he feels appropriately backed by the club's board.

He told BT Sport: "We are looking to improve, we have got our targets. Days like this highlight how well some of them [the young players in United's squad] have done so far this season – some of the results and performances have been fantastic.

"This is our second defeat at home and first since August. I thought we had turned that corner, winning games like this, but we haven't, clearly.

"[Transfers] are always going to be the talk at the moment. We have started a clear out and get-players-in job, now it's the transfer window so I'm going to be answering these questions until it closes. We are working on things.

"For me the most important thing is we have to perform on the pitch. Today wasn't good enough for a Manchester United team."

The defeat left United six points adrift of Chelsea in fifth, level with Tottenham and Wolves on 34 points.

Goals from Burnley's Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez inflicted an embarrassing 2-0 defeat on Manchester United at Old Trafford, a loss that will surely bring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position into question once again.

It was Solskjaer's first home league match as United manager without Marcus Rashford - who is set for a long absence with a back injury - and his absence was telling, as the Red Devils showed little cutting edge in the final third against a Burnley side that was typically set up to frustrate.

Although United dominated much of the first half, the chances they created were wasted and Burnley were far more clinical, going into the break with a one-goal lead thanks to Wood despite having just three shots to the hosts' 11.

United were arguably even worse after the interval. The opportunities they had been crafting dried up and a phenomenal strike from Rodriguez ultimately gave them too much to do, meaning fourth-placed Chelsea remain six points clear of Solskjaer's men.

United were most threatening down the right in the first half, and Wan-Bissaka - routinely given freedom by Burnley - picked out Anthony Martial in the 15th minute, but the Frenchman could not get enough contact with the ball.

Wan-Bissaka again caused trouble in the 28th minute as his low delivery found Juan Mata, only for the midfielder to completely miss his kick as the ball struck his standing leg.

Two more chances soon went begging, with Daniel James' header forcing a save and Martial spurning a decent opening, and Burnley capitalised just before half-time - Wood steering past David de Gea at the near post after Ben Mee's flick-on.

Solskjaer introduced Mason Greenwood for the abject Andreas Pereira at half-time, though it made little difference and United soon found themselves 2-0 down as Rodriguez peeled away from Harry Maguire and lashed a scorching effort in off the crossbar from just inside the box.

United thought Charlie Taylor should have been shown a red card after he hauled Greenwood down on the edge of the box when the substitute would have only had Nick Pope to beat, but referee Jon Moss and the VAR did not agree.

Burnley had little trouble holding on to move to within just four points of their hosts, whose late goal by Luke Shaw was chalked off for a foul on Jeff Hendrick.

 

What does it mean? Reinforcements a necessity for United

Although it has been fairly obvious for a while, it now seems absolutely vital that United make some meaningful purchases in the January transfer window.

Their lack of depth was plain to see without Rashford, and those in midfield were generally hopeless from a creative perspective. Without reinforcements, Solskjaer needs a miracle to get this bunch into the Champions League.

Wood gets the better of United

There are not many strikers in the Premier League more predictable than Wood in some senses - but that does not mean you are guaranteed to stop him. The burly frontman kept United's defence occupied throughout and he proved very effective, as highlighted by his goal and then his assist for Rodriguez.

Pereira not the answer

While there are not many United players who could have avoided criticism on Wednesday, Pereira was - once again - simply not up to scratch. The midfielder saw a lot of the ball but did precious little with it, his four shots causing Pope no issues. He was unsurprisingly withdrawn at half-time.

What's next?

It is back to the FA Cup for these two at the weekend. United go to either Watford or Tranmere Rovers on Sunday, with Burnley hosting fellow Premier League side Norwich City the day before.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is staying positive as he aims for a safe return from a back injury, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford is set to miss at least six weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his back in United's FA Cup victory over Wolves on Wednesday.

His injury leaves United without their leading scorer and attacking talisman, with Rashford having netted 19 goals across all competitions so far this season.

Asked to provide an update on Rashford ahead of United's encounter with Burnley, Solskjaer said the 22-year-old is in good spirits, though could put no definitive timescale on his return.

"He won't be fit for this game, for sure. He'll be out for a while, he'll get the time he needs to recover," Solskjaer told a news conference.

"Marcus is good, he's a positive guy and he knows this is not what he wanted but he's always positive.

"He wants to get back as quickly as possible but as safely as possible, so we'll give him that time and when he feels ready and medically we've cleared him, he'll be back."

Reports had suggested Rashford had been playing through the pain of a single stress fracture for some time prior to aggravating the issue in the match against Wolves, but Solskjaer insisted the England forward was not carrying an injury. 

"It's not one he's had before, no," Solskjaer said. "He complained a little bit after the last time we played Burnley. 

"We managed it as well as we could. He had some days off with treatment, we took him off when we could, he didn't start every game and then suddenly this was a new injury, so he didn't have any injuries before then."

United academy players D'Mani Mellor and Largie Ramazani have been tipped as possible replacements for Rashford, though Solskjaer suggested it was not the right time for the youngsters to come in.

Instead, Mason Greenwood looks set to continue his development, while Solskjaer hinted United may look to bring in a player this month.

"Of course, we're always looking at improving the squad and seeing if there's anything out there, but nothing that I can talk about now," he said.

"It might be too soon for [Mellor and Ramazani] yet. Of course, Mason is going to get more chances now. Juan [Mata] will have to step up again, so there'll be more chances for the ones we have in the squad.

"We know we're stretched with numbers and the injuries we've had, but we'll cope with that."

Jamie Vardy missed a penalty as Burnley came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Turf Moor and condemn the Foxes to back-to-back Premier League defeats.

After Chris Wood's instinctive finish against his former side had cancelled out Harvey Barnes' contentious opener, Leicester looked set to retake the lead when Ben Mee fouled the Foxes' goalscorer with 23 minutes remaining.

Vardy, however, lacked his usual composure from the spot, with Nick Pope making a smart stop down to his left and also denying Leicester's forward in a one-on-one soon after.

Pope's saves paid further dividends in the 79th minute as Ashley Westwood lashed home from the centre of Leicester's box and, despite a late glut of pressure, Brendan Rodgers' side could not find a way back.

Sunday's victory ends a four-match losing streak in the Premier League for Burnley, with Sean Dyche's side – who were furious that Barnes' opener was allowed to stand despite a robust challenge from Dennis Praet in the build-up – now up to 14th, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Leicester, meanwhile, have lost four of their past six league fixtures but remain in third place, six points above Chelsea.

Reece James' attacking prowess from full-back is proving a huge asset, according to Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard.

The 20-year-old turned in an impressive display at right-back during Saturday's 3-0 win over Burnley – his superb cross for Tammy Abraham to make it 2-0 one of several dangerous deliveries.

Chelsea's former youth-team captain has made 11 appearances in the Premier League following a successful loan spell at Wigan Athletic last season and Lampard believes he has the gifts to play a huge part in his future plans.

"He's got a great, great delivery of cross and more than that. He's good on the ball, he's physically so good and he's so young. This is just the start for him," the Blues boss told a post-match news conference.

"The way I want us to play, the full-backs are going to be huge for us. If I want to get it right and get it to where I want it they have to be able to join in, they have to be an attacking threat.

"He certainly is for us. He's a big weapon at the minute that we have to use well. We have to anticipate those crosses now because they come in with a lot of juice on them.

"We have to be ready to anticipate and get across people and make goals like we did with the Tammy one."

Abraham moved on to 15 goals for the campaign but could arguably have walked away with the matchball after a profligate second half.

"I hope he's upset tonight because he should have had two or three. That's how a striker will be. I know Tammy's like that," Lampard added.

"At the same time, he got his goal. He keeps getting in there, his energy, his personality on the pitch.

"He's that all-round striker. Obviously the next stage is can you be a bit more clinical but I'm delighted with Tammy."

Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game as relentless Liverpool won at Tottenham to go 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League following Leicester City's defeat to Southampton.

Firmino's first-half strike on Saturday took the runaway leaders to 61 points, a European record among the continent's big-five leagues after 21 games played.

Liverpool look unstoppable in their quest to be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years, with second-placed Leicester – who have played a game more than the Merseyside club – slumping to a 2-1 loss at home to Southampton.

The Foxes consigned the Saints to a record-equalling 9-0 drubbing in October, but had three goals ruled out for offside at the King Power Stadium and Danny Ings' 10th goal in his last 10 top-flight starts gave the south-coast club sweet revenge.

Manchester United replaced Sheffield United in fifth spot with a 4-0 drubbing of Norwich City at Old Trafford, Marcus Rashford claiming a brace, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and was sent off in Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Chelsea are five points better off than the Red Devils in fourth, having avoided a third successive Premier League home defeat with a 3-0 victory over Burnley.

Richarlison scored the only goal in Everton's win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park, while Newcastle United and Wolves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

 

FIRMINO GIVES REDS CAPITAL GAINS

Jurgen Klopp's all-conquering side took another stride towards an elusive title by making it 20 wins out of 21 in the Premier League.

A clinical finish from Firmino eight minutes before half-time was enough to seal maximum points in north London.

Son Hueng-min and Giovani Lo Celso squandered great chances to level for Spurs and they proved to be costly as Jose Mourinho's side suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats to sit in eighth spot.

INGS KEEPS SAINTS MARCHING

Southampton pulled off a magnificent victory to leave high-flying Leicester stunned.

Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans had goals disallowed for offside and Southampton had a penalty decision overturned by VAR in an action-packed encounter.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's upwardly mobile side were not to be denied maximum points, though, courtesy of a deflected first-half strike from Stuart Armstrong and a 14th of the season in the league from Ings – who hit the crossbar twice – either side of Dennis Praet's first Leicester goal.

 

RUTHLESS UNITED HAMMER CANARIES

Manchester United responded to their 3-1 EFL Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City with a ruthless demolition of bottom side Norwich.

Rashford took his tally of league goals this season to 14 with one in each half and Anthony Martial scored United's third two minutes after the England striker helped himself to a double from the penalty spot.

Mason Greenwood was given far too much time to add a fourth soon after coming off the bench as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ran riot, leaving Norwich still seven points adrift of fourth-bottom Aston Villa.

AUBA AND OUT

Aubameyang's 15th top-flight goal of the campaign gave the Gunners a first-half advantage at Selhurst Park, but things turned sour for the striker after the break.

The Gabon international was initially booked by referee Paul Tierney for a challenge on Max Meyer, but a red card was brandished after a VAR review which took over two minutes. 

Jordan Ayew's deflected strike had brought injury-hit Palace level before Aubameyang was ordered off and neither side could force a derby winner.

Sean Dyche refused to blame VAR for Burnley's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Jorginho's first-half penalty and goals for Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi got Frank Lampard's men back to winning ways at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Burnley thought they had the lead through Jeff Hendrick, but Ben Mee was adjudged to be fractionally offside when nodding Dwight McNeil's free-kick back across goal.

Matthew Lowton then brought Willian down for Jorginho to dispatch the opener and Dyche had no complaints.

"They were too strong. We're a little bit stretched at the minute but I still like the starting XI," the Clarets manager told BBC Match of the Day.

"We set about it quite well in the opening period but then we give away a penalty.

"He does try and pull out but it’s still a penalty, he does make contact."

The VAR images relayed to broadcasters to highlight the Mee offside call arguably appeared inconclusive but Dyche, who was angered on the touchline at the time, was in no mood to haggle over millimetres.

"It is offside, isn't it? The debate can carry on for other people, I've got to be honest," he said.

"If he's offside, he's offside. There seems to be this big debate over whether he's an inch offside. So what are they going to do?

"Put the tolerance as two inches, three inches? We'll have a tolerance of four inches.

"Where do you draw the line? If he's offside, he's offside."

The one incident the Burnley boss took issue with was a shove on James Tarkowski in the build-up to Abraham heading past the limp efforts of goalkeeper Nick Pope seven minutes before half-time.

"I'm only aggrieved on the second one because we all talk about this minimal contact in the box – people get touched on the shoulder and somehow their legs collapse. They get penalties," he said.

"If you look, in the build-up James Tarkowski is pushed in the back and then he can't recover to go and try and win the header. Popey should deal with it, he knows that.

"Now, with VAR, I'm thinking that even though it's minor contact I keep seeing penalties given for minor contact. They've got to explain which is an important contact or not.

"That's a really important moment, of course. 2-0 is tough."

Frank Lampard is hopeful N'Golo Kante will make a swift return from the hamstring problem that ruled him out of Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.

Kante's fellow midfielder Jorginho opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi got in on the act.

Chelsea remain in the final Champions League qualification place, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, and Lampard knows how important it will be to have his France international back fit and firing.

"I'm hoping short-term. He actually got through training but had an awareness of it," the Blues boss told BBC Match of the Day after Kante's absence unhelpfully coincided with speculation linking him to Real Madrid.

"It didn't break down as such. It's something we'll have to look at in the week ahead.

"We know how important he is for us and he's played so many games over the years regularly.

"This year, not so much – which is unfortunate for everybody here. So we'll look after him and hopefully it's not too long."

Kante has missed eight of Chelsea's 22 Premier League matches so far this term, having been hampered by a series of minor issues.

Christian Pulisic was another injury victim in training at Cobham this week, suffering tendon damage.

The United States' attacker being sidelined created the opportunity for Hudson-Odoi to start and score his first Premier League goal.

"Callum did very well. The urgency of his game, being on the edge, making runs and getting at people – so positive," Lampard added.

"Those are the things that he needs to do, keep working on that. We know the talent he's got."

Callum Hudson-Odoi was a picture of happiness after ending his wait for a first Premier League goal in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Burnley.

The England winger got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta's cross to finish off the scoring as the Blues avoided a third consecutive home defeat in the top flight.

Hudson-Odoi, who returned from a ruptured Achilles earlier this season, had to endure a VAR check after wheeling away in celebration.

The video official adjudged there had been no touch from fellow goalscorer Tammy Abraham, meaning Hudson-Odoi was onside.

"I'm really delighted. Finally I've got it," he said.

"I thought to myself that if no one touched it, it was goal. I'm delighted it went my way."

Hudson-Odoi's goal came four minutes after half-time and Chelsea, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, probably should have enjoyed a greater margin of victory.

"We have to be more clinical, we always say that," the 19-year-old said. "We got the chances we could have scored more.

"But at the same time we are putting them away. We were a bit more clinical and hopefully next game we'll try to get more."

Hudson-Odoi added: "The boys put in a massive effort – the enthusiasm, the work rate. We all had it today.

"It was hard for us in the first 20 or 25 minutes to get on the ball and create stuff. In the second half here was more space and we started getting into pockets."

Jorginho put Frank Lampard's side in front from the penalty spot before Abraham and Hudson-Odoi struck.

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