Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

As an away performance, this was much better than Arsenal’s trip to Anfield, and at Stamford Bridge, the Gunners not only turned up, but arguably were worthy of more than a point. Aaron Ramsey danced his way through to see his first half shot beat Thibaut Courtois, but come back off his upright where Alexandre Lacazette, couldn’t tap in for the follow up. Shkodran Mustafi thought his second half header had given the game it’s opening goal from a free kick, but he looked back in horror – as did the thousands in the away end at Stamdord Bridge to see that the linesman had his flag raised. Late on in the game, David Luiz was shown a straight red card for his challenge of Sead Kolasinac, the Bosnian was caught, but managed to recover to see out the game.

Arsene Wenger made nine changes from the side which saw off FC Koln in the Europa League. Mesut Özil was out with a late injury, and Alex Iwobi stepped in. Alexis Sanchez was amongst the subs where Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott also started.

Making a return to his former club Petr Cech was busy early on, he intervened after Granit Xhaka slipped up and when Hector Bellerin’s poor pass to Xhaka set up Pedro. The Spaniard was face to face with Cech, but the Gunners’ keeper spread himself to block his effort.

Composed and looking confident, Arsenal began to venture forward. Bellerin raced away to cross and found the advanced Welbeck. The England marksman got his head to the ball, but headed off target when he should have at least given Thibaut Courtois something to think about.

A minute later and Ramsey fed Bellerin, whose cross found Lacazette with little time. The France striker struck low, Courtois got down to deny the effort holding onto the ball at the second attempt.

On 20 minutes, Kolasinac struck a venomous effort which tested Courtois, the Belgian, pushing the ball away, unable to hold on.

Midway through the first half, Pedro latched onto Cesc Fabregas’s long ball to beat the offside trap but Cech was the equal of the shot. Pressing and asking questions of the Chelsea defence, Xhaka fired just wide from 25 yards, and then five minutes before the break, that moment which should have seen Arsenal take the lead.

Ramsey carved his was through the back-peddling Blues rearguard, and struck to hit the post, with Courtois beaten. From three yards out, however Lacazette struck over with the follow up as the open goal went begging.

With half time rapidly approaching, Monreal struck with a powerful back pass under pressure from Alvaro Morata but Cech recovered to spare the blushes of the Spainiard.

Arsenal continued to attack after the break, Welbeck tried to find Ramsey when a shot was possibly his best option. Welbeck then put in Kolasinac, but the Bosnian ran out of room before he could shoot.

The display had the travelling fans in good voice and soon their pleas for Alexis to be introduced were heard. Lacazette made way for the Chile striker.

After 79 minutes, Chelsea introduced their own danger man, Eden Hazard who saw an early run and shot which Cech held on to.

Ten minutes before time, Iwobi made way for Mohammed Elneny as the Gunners sought to protect what they had. With time king out, Luiz was shown a straight red card for what Arsene Wenger called ” excessive force.” The one man advantage came too late to help the Gunners as a point a piece was a fair reflection of a game which Arsenal could not have afforded to have lost.