Arsenal striker still backing title challenge despite slip to fourth

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud believes the club are still in the running for the title despite their 0-0 draw against Southampton on Tuesday, according to reports from Arsenal’s official website.

The Gunners were on the front foot for much of the fixture but were unable to break down the Saints’ stubborn defence, with Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in terrific form to keep the game at a stalemate.

The result now sees Arsene Wenger’s men in fourth place five points behind league leaders Leicester City, who beat Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

And Giroud was one of the attackers frustrated by the goalless draw, urging the squad to turn things around starting with Bournemouth this weekend to have any chance of claiming their first league title since 2004.

“It’s a long way to go and we just need momentum,” he said. “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.”

Arsenal will want to push ahead in the race for the title with one eye also on the Champions League round-of-sixteen fixture, in which they face European champions Barcelona in the first leg on February 24.