Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League in rare 0-0 draw

Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League in rare 0-0 draw

David Luiz was given his marching orders with just minutes to go, following a studs-up challenge on Sead Kolasinac.

They have still not scored away in the league this season but came close on several occasions against Antonio Conte's side who, after a lively start, were second best. The Italian did acknowledge: "It's a situation we need to improve".

Arsenal were slated by fans and pundits for their woeful performance in the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool last month.

'Now we're looking forward to the match against Arsenal, which perhaps carries less of that rivalry, but it is nevertheless incredibly important and it's absolutely vital that we work hard to achieve the right result on the pitch'.

Such as when Ramsey was given the freedom to exploit pockets of space and waltz unchallenged through the defense just before halftime.

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Aaron Ramsey hit the post from 12 yards before Alexandre Lacazette blazed the rebound over the bar.

Although the Gunners lacked time to make the most of its man advantage, they still made Chelsea settle for a goalless draw in the league for the first time since February 2016.

'I hope this problem is not serious - we lost Pedro against Arsenal [in the Community Shield final]'.

"We had a bad half against Liverpool but feel in the rest of games we have done well".

However, Arsenal's chief creative force missed training on Saturday and is now set to sit out the huge clash at Stamford Bridge with what has been described as a "muscle" injury. A cross from Bellerin was headed wide by Welbeck and the striker also turned a cutback into the 'keeper. "They defended well, we couldn't open them up".

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