Saturday, April 3, 1999 Published at 19:44 GMT 20:44 UK
Arsenal held at the Dell
Ray Parlour avoids a David Hughes tackle
Southampton 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal dropped precious points in their title challenge against a Saints side scrapping like mad to avoid the drop.
The Gunners, without international trio Emmanuel Petit, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars, tried everything to break Southampton's resolute defence but could not find a way past stand-in keeper Neil Moss.
The Saints are unbeaten at home since Boxing Day, and may ultimately have to rely on their fixtures at the Dell to survive.
They too were without key players - Matt Le Tissier, Chris Marsden and Hassan Kachloul all suspended, while keeper Paul Jones and Matthew Oakley were injured.
The home side could have gone ahead in the second minute when Wayne Bridge robbed Lee Dixon deep in Arsenal territory and forced a save from Seaman.
Nicolas Anelka was guilty of wasting Arsenal's chance of the half, two minutes before the interval. He was found by Dixon inside the area but his finish was wild.
The Gunners picked up the pace in the second half, but found Moss in dominant form.
He made two brave second-half stops at the feet of Anelka, and an excellent save to deny sub Louis Boa Morte.
Nevertheless, Nwankwo Kanu should have allowed Arsenal to close the gap on leaders Manchester United, receiving a pass from Anelka but his weak side-foot effort was aimed straight at Benali with Moss out of position.
Hughes was left to wonder if he is ever going to score for his club when he was denied by a brilliant save from Seaman in the 76th minute.
Hiley picked out the Welshman with an inch-perfect cross from the right and Hughes powered a header on target only to see Seaman hurl himself across his goal-line and parry. The rebound was turned goalward by James Beattie but the flag was up for offside.
Southampton: Moss, Dodd, Colleter, D. Hughes, Monkou,
Lundekvam, Ripley, M. Hughes, Ostenstad, Hiley, Bridge. Subs:
Benali, Beattie, Monk, Williams, Stensgaard.