Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his troops continued their winless run in the premier league with a 0-0 draw against Southampton in a EPL midweek clash at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday no thanks to the superb display by the visitor’s safe hands Fraser Forster .
The draw means that Arsenal have now lost more ground at the top of the table after finding Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in excellent form at Emirates Stadium with Leicester City and Manchester City picking up maximum points on the night.
After taking two points from the last available nine, the Gunners were hoping Saturday’s FA Cup win would be the springboard to an upturn in league form.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made seven changes to the side that saw off Burnley at the weekend in the FA Cup, reverting to a similar line up which had been on duty for the last 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.
Per Mertescaker was available again after suspension, but Gabriel started alongside captain Laurent Koscielny, while Alexis Sanchez replaced Theo Walcott for his first league start since November.
Francis Coquelin was back on the bench after starting against Burnley three days earlier.
Southampton, by contrast, had the weekend off, and hadn’t played since beating Manchester United at Old Trafford 10 days ago. That was Southampton’s third successive win – all without conceding.
Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were all kept at bay by the England man, while James Ward-Prose also cleared an Alexis Sanchez shot off the line.
Despite piling on the pressure in the second half, Arsenal could not force a winner, making it four league games without victory.
On a night when the other title contenders all won, it was a damaging result for the Gunners.