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The Gunners' boss had to explain another disappointing result after Arsenal were held yet again at the Emirates - and once more failed to find the net...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflected on his side's fourth successive goalless draw in the Premier League after Fulham earned only their third point in 22 attempts on Gunners' turf, and admitted that Arsenal had lacked a bit of sharpness.

The Frenchman admitted on the club's official website, "It was a big disappointment because 0-0 is a very disappointing result for us. We are desperate to get the three points and in fairness the game was not a 0-0 because we had chances on both sides. I feel we had weaknesses defensively and offensively today but we continued to fight.”

Wenger praised the performance of the Cottagers, saying, "Fulham played and credit to them they were the better side in the first 20 minutes. They created more movement but after [that] we slowly took over. We always lacked a bit of sharpness to take advantage of our chances and I feel our passing was not quick enough to give them problems. They defended well and they’ve got plenty of 0-0s away from home because their central defence plays very well.”

There is no doubting after this latest stalemate that the Gunners are in a goal drought, at least in the Premier League. Seeking explanations, Wenger suggested, “There are plenty of reasons, one of them is certainly psychological. I think once it is a psychological problem it is very difficult to assess what is tactical and what is technical. At the moment the more I speak about it the bigger I make the problem.

“I don’t feel that we should look at the solution in the injured strikers because we had the same problems when the strikers were fit. We didn’t score more goals recently. It is difficult to assess. The good thing in football is that problems don’t last forever and at some stage we will score goals. We have quality but today we were a little bit jaded physically."

Asked if that was a hangover from Tuesday night’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Roma, the Gunners' boss said, “After a Champions League game it is always difficult to win, that is why I believe we should have won the game 1-0 today, then we would be perfectly happy. There is a lot of mental investment in the Champions League and we are not mature enough to prepare well and get the priorities right.”

Two more dropped points obviously make Arsenal's objective of finishing in the top four that much harder, and Wenger admitted, “I don’t want to speculate about that at the moment. Today’s result doesn’t help and it is certainly a big blow for us.”

Mark Hinton, Goal.com

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