Improved Arsenal hold Chelsea to goalless draw

The chances dried up after the break prompting Arsenal to introduce Alexis Sanchez after he was left on the bench while Chelsea threw on Eden Hazard for Willian. The shared points mean Chelsea sit behind the Manchester clubs in third on 10 points; while Arsenal relish in 12th on seven points.

"Every game against Arsenal is always very tough and we knew very well what type of game we had to face today and it is normal I think".

A disappointing Chelsea display ended on a sour note when Luiz followed through recklessly on Kolasinac and referee Michael Oliver reached for his red card.

Conte said he would address the need to maintain discipline again with his players. Hazard scored seven against the top seven last season.

Chelsea had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity from Pedro, who was foiled by Petr Cech.

ANTONIO CONTE could give Eden Hazard his first start since breaking his ankle last season in the Carabao Cup match against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday. Alexandre Lacazette was in the right place for the rebound but he could not keep his effort from sailing over the bar.

Antonio Conte opted for a change at the start of the second half as Bakayoko replaced Pedro. Fabregas had been unable to track the runners from the Arsenal midfield and the switch benefitted Chelsea's defensive structure.

There was a late twist to the game as David Luiz was shown a a straight red card for a studs up tackle on full back Kolasinac.

Wenger, whose side were humiliated 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield during their previous away match in the Premier League, were far sharper and more committed in the sun at Stamford Bridge on Sunday lunchtime.

A disappointing afternoon for Chelsea and the Stamford Bridge crowd having failed to beat an Arsenal team that looked there for the taking.


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