Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0 – Gunners frustrated by defensive Blues
Arsenal were unable to recapture top spot in the Premier League on Monday night, with the Gunners drawing 0-0 with Chelsea in an instantly forgettable London derby which saw Jose Mourinho employ defensive tactics at the Emirates Stadium.
December 23rd, 2013
The conditions were hardly ideal for flowing football, with the rain falling and the wind swirling although the visitors’ team selection hinted at a hatchet job and Mourinho made sure that his team didn’t leave this match empty-handed.
Therefore, the Gunners move up to second in the table and trail Liverpool on goal difference, with Manchester City and Chelsea breathing down their necks in third and fourth respectively, while Everton are level on points with the latter after their bright first half to the campaign.
Olivier Giroud missed the best chance for Arsenal towards the end of the game when squandering Aaron Ramsey’s deep cross, although it was a match of few opportunities, with Mourinho’s substitutions illustrating that a point was acceptable for the visitors.
Eden Hazard was withdrawn with twenty minutes remaining to be replaced by the more pragmatic Andre Schurrle, while David Luiz appeared for Fernando Torres with five minutes remaining.
Arsene Wenger will feel frustrated that his team have failed to beat Everton and Chelsea in successive home games, while the plain fact is that the north London side have taken just two points from their last three matches after a 6-3 reverse at the Etihad Stadium.
The Boxing Day clash at West Ham now takes on an added importance for an Arsenal team whose title chances appear to have receded in recent weeks, although Wenger will still feel confident that his side can go all the way this term.