Arsenal are struggling to keep their title hopes alive. On another frustrating night, the Gunners could not find the back of the net for the third English Premier League game in a row – the first time that has happened since 2009 – en route to picking up their third draw in their last four matches.
It is now four games without a win for Arsenal, after a 0-0 draw with Southampton, and with Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham picking up wins on Tuesday, that gap at the top of the table is increasing with every passing game.
Top of the table not too long ago, Arsenal are now five points behind Leicester City, who picked up an impressive win over Liverpool at home. Manchester City are two points ahead, with Spurs going level on points with Arsenal courtesy their win over Norwich City. That top four place is also up for grabs now after Manchester United eased past Stoke City.
While their title rivals continue to pick up vital points, Arsenal seem to be dropping them, and it was certainly two dropped at the Emirates on Tuesday, as the home team ran into an inspired Fraser Forster.
Mesut Ozil, twice, Theo Walcott, twice, Olivier Giroud, a few times, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey all had efforts on goal saved by the Southampton goalkeeper, with some of them right out of the top drawer.
Southampton, who beat Arsenal 4-0 in the reverse fixture at St. Mary's on Boxing Day, went into this game with that same physical endeavour, with the two burly midfielders Victor Wanyama and Oriol Romeu trying to bully Arsenal out of possession.
They made a bright start to the game too, even if Petr Cech hardly had a save to make, but once Arsenal got into their stride, they forced a fair few saves from Forster. However, that precise finishing just wasn't there for Arsenal on the night, leaving Wenger and the majority of the crowd at the Emirates a frustrated bunch as they saw those title hopes take a big hit on Tuesday.