Wenger rues Gunners goal drought

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Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal's goal drought is playing on the team's mind, and that another draw against Fulham has dealt a "big blow" to their hopes of getting back into the Champions League places.

The misfiring Gunners were booed off after they failed to find the net for the fourth straight Barclays Premier League game as their clash ended 0-0 at Emirates Stadium.

"It was a big disappointment and a very disappointing result. We were desperate for the three points," said Wenger.

Robin van Persie was twice denied by Mark Schwarzer from close range in the first half, with the inspired Fulham keeper also saving well from Abou Diaby and Andrei Arshavin.

Fulham, though, were anything but negative - and had come close to taking an early lead through Andrew Johnson.

The goalless run is Arsenal's worst for more than 15 seasons and looks to have put paid to their hopes of breaking back into the top four, while they are now in real danger of losing out on fifth place to Everton.

"Fulham played and credit to them, they were the better side in the first 20 minutes and created more movement," Wenger admitted.

"After we slowly took over, but we lacked always a bit of sharpness to take our chances and our passes weren't quick enough to give them real problems.

"There is a big desire to do well and to make sure we score, but it is not there at the moment. The more I speak about it, the more there is a problem."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson added: "I am just disappointed we didn't win it - our shooting wasn't at its best. We could have made him (Manuel Almunia) make more saves but in general, yes, it's a good draw for us."

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