Olivier Giroud says Arsenal must improve their efficiency in front of goal if they are to have any chance of winning the Premier League.

Arsène Wenger’s side were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Southampton on Tuesday evening, with visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster making a string of fine saves.

It’s a long way to go and we just need momentum... hopefully we can start that against Bournemouth

The result left Arsenal without a goal in three league matches and five points off the top of the league. However, with 14 games still to play, Giroud feels now is the time for the squad to “question ourselves and bounce back”.

“It’s a long way to go and we just need momentum,” he told Arsenal Player. “Hopefully we can start that against Bournemouth and then after we have a big February and March until the international break.

“We’re going to see how it’s going to be but we need to keep our heads up and keep working on what we are doing well.

“Hopefully we are going to have better nights to come, because tonight we were a bit unlucky and a bit sad to draw.

“We had so many chances to score and we didn’t do it. We missed chances here and it could have been maybe 4-1 or 5-2 but their ‘keeper did well and it is hard.

“You have to keep the faith and keep believing that you will maybe score. That is what we tried to do but he [Fraser Forster] had a very good day. He was always in the right position and did very well and it is frustrating.

“Now we are five points from Leicester City so it is going to be a hard time in the few weeks to go and we need to get as many points as we can.

“It’s not over - we need to stay positive and be more efficient in the next games to come.”

Alexis and Arsenal were frustrated against Southampton
Alexis and Arsenal were frustrated against Southampton

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Nik Brumsack 3 Feb 2016