Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was lamenting his side’s missed chances after the draw with Bolton saw the Gunners slip to seventh.
Wenger side could not break the deadlock at the Reebok Stadium and the draw meant that both Newcastle United and Liverpool sit above the Emirates Stadium outfit.
“We feel we have dropped two points because we had chances to win the game,” the Frenchman told the official Arsenal website.
“We took all of the risks and we were a bit unlucky as well because we hit the bar, the post and missed some great chances.”
Wenger was accurate in his assessment of Arsenal’s chances and they should have done more than enough to take the win with the sights of goal they had.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was impressive throughout, skewed a shot wide while slipping from around the penalty spot and Aaron Ramsey snatched at a shot with only Alex Bogdan to beat when he had time to take a touch.
However, the most gilt-edged chance fell to Theo Walcott when he timed his run perfectly to latch in to an Oxlade-Chamberlain through ball. When faced with the goalkeeper, the England winger attempted to nutmeg him and only managed to shoot into his foot and the chance squirted wide.
It was an extremely poor miss from a supposedly international class player, but it was the type of miss that Arsenal fans have come to expect from Walcott in the past few months.
There was an element of misfortune with the Gunners though, as Robin van Persie flicked a Bacary Sagna cross onto the near post.
The most agonising miss came with a piece of genius by the Dutchman, when his delightful chip from just inside the area bounced back off the crossbar.
Despite the disappointing result and what it meant for his team’s top four chances, Wenger was confident Arsenal could finish the league in the Champions League places.
However, he conceded that this task grew ever more difficult with every disappointing result.
“I believe we had to produce it game by game. For us, every game in the championship is a cup final now,” he conceded.
“We go into a period now where we play in the FA Cup, the Champions League and it will be difficult to balance all three.”
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