Arsenal earn first point at Chelsea in six years
Arsenal drew 0-0 with Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
It was the Gunners first Premier League point at Chelsea in six years.
The Gunners had previously kept only one clean sheet in their past 18 league games at Stamford Bridge.
Before today’s match he Blues had won 19 of their past 21 games at Stamford Bridge in all competitions. Crystal Palace last April and Burnley on the opening day are the only sides to avoid defeat in that run.
Until today’s goalless stalemate Chelsea had also scored in their last 23 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
This was the first 0-0 draw between these two sides at Stamford Bridge since April 2005 and the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at home against the Gunners since then.
Arsenal have now failed to score in eight of their past 14 trips to Chelsea.
The point though ensured the Gunners avoided losing their first three away games of a league season for the first time since 1954.
Arsenal have now gone three top-flight away matches without a goal for the first time since 1994-95.
The result keeps Chelsea in third place in the Premier League table, whilst Arsenal remain in twelfth place.
They are three and six points respectively behind joint leaders Manchester City and Manchester United.
David Luiz was sent off late on for a high tackle on Sead Kolasinac. It was Luiz’s first red card in the Premier League in 119 appearances.
It’s the third game in a row against Arsenal that Chelsea have finished with 10 men.
Arsene Wenger made eight changes from the team that started in the Europa League against FC Koln on Thursday.
Only Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi started again.
Alexis Sanchez started on the bench, whilst Mesut Ozil missed altogether with a calf injury.
The Gunners put in an improved performance in the first half.
Danny Welbeck should have done better in the 17th minute, but headed wide.
Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac then forced Thibaut Courtois into saves.
Pedro had Chelsea’s best chance but shot weakly at Petr Cech after having a clear run on goal in the 23rd minute.
Arsenal created the clearest opening of the first period in the 43rd minute.
Aaron Ramsey went on a run that took him past both Cesar Azpilicueta and Luiz. His shot hit the post, before Alexandre Lacazette put the rebound over the crossbar from four yards out.
The second period was a tighter affair.
Willian had the first shot of the second-half for the home side, but it was straight at Cech
The Brazilian then shot over in the 61st minute.
Arsenal thought they had snatched all three points when Shkodran Mustafi headed home Granit Xhaka’s cross in the 75th minute, but he was adjudged to have been offside.
At the other end Cech saved from substitute Eden Hazard with 10 minutes remaining.
With three minutes of normal time left Luiz saw red for his challenge on Kolasinac and neither side were able to make a breakthrough.
Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin 7, Kolasinac 7, Mustafi 8 , Koscielny 7, Monreal 7, Xhaka 7, Ramsey 7, Iwobi 6 (Elneny), Welbeck 6 (Giroud), Lacazette 6 (Sanchez)