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Published: 11:16 | 3/2/16

Cech: Arsenal are playing "catch up"

Petr Cech admits Arsenal are playing “catch up” in the Premier League following Tuesday's goalless draw with Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal failed to net for a third consecutive Premier League match for the first time in seven years, as Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster shut out the title hopefuls with a fourth consecutive clean sheet in his fourth match following almost ten months out with a knee injury.

The Gunners have now dropped nine points from their last four matches, and lie fourth in the Premier League table with 45 points from 24 matches, five points behind leaders Leicester City.

Cech says Arsenal will need to win almost all of their remaining 14 matches to guarantee a first Premier League title since 2004, but remains confident that the talented Gunners' squad can prevail.

“You need to look at the end and you need 86/87 points to be sure and it does not matter which way you go to get those points. It does not matter if you have to catch up at the end of the season, which is what we have to do,” he said.

The Arsenal goalkeeper paid tribute to his opposite number Forster, who defied Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud to chalk up the 147th clean sheet of his 291-match senior career.

“The goalless draw is not down to me, it is especially down to Fraser Forster,” he continued.

“He made important saves at important times. In the first half we found them very well organised and they put a lot of effort into defending and closing the spaces.

“In the second half we probably created the most chances we have created this season at home. Unfortunately we didn’t score and it is two points lost.”

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