Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman were reportedly involved in a post-match bust-up in the tunnel but both managers will not be facing an FA misconduct charge.
Arsenal had a host of shots on target but the Gunners failed to beat Southampton shot-stopper Fraser Forster who produced one of the best goalkeeping displays of recent time. Arsenal and Wenger were understandably frustrated at the draw which saw them slip to fourth 5 points adrift of league leaders Leicester City.
After the match Wenger is believed to have confronted the referee Lee Mason in the tunnel, shouting : “It’s always the same with you.” Koeman saw his opposite number confront the referee and said to him: “No, it’s always the same with you.”
Koeman added: “You had 10 chances to score and didn’t take any of them, instead you take it out on [the officials].”
However, neither manager will face any further disciplinary action for the incident.
This was the third consecutive match in which the Gunners failed to score and if Wenger’s men are to end their Premier League title drought, they will have to get back to winning ways soon. Arsenal have earned just 2 points from the last 3 games as a result of which they have slipped from the top of the table to fourth. The draw leaves Arsenal five points off Premier League leaders with 14 games left to play in the league this season and Wenger admitted his side’s poor finishing was to blame for their failure to see off Southampton.
“The chances created were good but our finishing was poor and at the end of the day we paid for that,” Wenger said.
“We cannot fault our focus, desire and energy levels, but when you create the quality of chances we did tonight you have to win the game and that’s what we didn’t do.
“The only thing you could say was their goalkeeper had a great performance.
“It was just bad finishing, we had the chances and at the moment we have played three games without scoring, but not without creating chances, and you go through patches like that.”