Southampton boss thanks star goalkeeper for point against Arsenal

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has hailed praise on star goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who made no less than 10 saves to keep Arsenal at bay in their 0-0 draw, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

For much of the game at the Emirates, the Gunners were on the front foot but were unable to break the deadlock, with Forster in fine form to keep the game goalless for 90 minutes.

The result has left Arsene Wenger’s men trailing league leaders Leicester City by five points, with the Foxes beating Liverpool 2-0 at the King Power Stadium while Manchester City also pushed ahead with their win over Sunderland.

And Koeman had nothing but praise for his goalkeeper, who was the one to thank for gaining them a point.

Koeman said: “Not in one-and-a-half years managing Southampton has a team created what Arsenal created in opportunities today. You need to be lucky, first, and you need to have a goalkeeper who is saving everything.

“Normally it is more difficult for opponents to create those kind of chances against us. We didn’t play well, but we fight unbelievable, we had an unbelievable spirit today.

“Arsenal are so good defensively with a lot of creativity and that’s difficult then, of course, you need a keeper that’s magic and he is magic tonight.

“He is with the [England] national team and he is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and maybe in Europe.”

Wenger also congratulated the Englishman, but admitted his frustration at his side being unable to finish their opportunities.

He said: “He had a brilliant game, but you expect that. We produced quite a good performance, especially in the second-half, where we created 10 good chances and we came out with no goal.

“I believe it the performance we wanted to produce was there but we cannot be happy with the way we finished our chances. What is the most disappointing was that some players missed some chances that they usually take.

“Our finishing is very bad at the moment, we have now played three games without scoring a goal.

“It is maximum frustrating because when your team puts in the energy and when you come out and think there was much more in the game like that, when you have our ambitions, it is frustrating.”

Arsenal travel to Dean Court to face Bournemouth in their next fixture, while the Saints host West Ham United who are a point above them on Saturday.