Maurizio Sarri admits new striker needed as Chelsea frustrated by Southampton

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With Olivier Giroud sidelined after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win at Crystal Palace, Sarri opted to recall misfiring striker Alvaro Morata.

"I have to try to improve my players, my team, my offensive base".

The goalless stalemate at Stamford Bridge saw Arsenal close the gap on Sarri's fourth-placed side to just three points, as they seek qualification for the Champions League. "We have Morata and Hazard can play very well in this position as we have seen in the last matches, so I think at the moment I don't need another striker".

"I didn't know anything about Christian Pulisic yesterday", Sarri said.

"I don't think that's anything new to football, do you? We were in control of every match recently, but it was not easy to score the first goal".

Chelsea announced the £57 million signing of Christian Pulisic on Wednesday, though the U.S. worldwide will not arrive from Borussia Dortmund until the summer, whilst the club have also been credited with an interest in AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuaín.

Higuain is now on loan with Serie A giants AC Milan, with an arrangement in place with parent club Juventus which states he can sign permanently in the summer.

Hazard looked more vibrant back in his favoured winger role, but failed to torment the Saints once again despite having been involved in seven goals against them in the last six matches in all competitions.

Speaking after the game, Sarri admitted that his team need to address their attacking deficiencies, citing their lack of cutting edge in the final third.

Although they controlled the game, chances were few and far between for Chelsea until Hazard burst down the left for a shot that Gunn beat away at his near post.

And the hapless Spaniard endured more misery when his took Ruben Loftus-Cheek's pass and shot straight at Gunn, to groans from the crowd.

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