Arsenal 0 - 0 Chelsea: Match report.

Arsenal were unable to find a breakthrough against a resilient Chelsea defence, seeing both teams earn a point in a goalless draw at the Emirates.

As many predicted, Chelsea were content to sit back and soak up pressure from Arsenal which saw Mourinho extend his unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger extend to an impressive 13 games.

It was another frustrating encounter for Arsenal against the league leaders, leaving Arsenal in 3rd and Chelsea needing just 6 points to wrap up the title. Arsenal can take positives from the game, and they will also be boosted by United’s defeat to Everton earlier on this afternoon.

The stalemate did not produce too many opportunities for either side, but there was plenty to debate with 4 penalty shouts all turned down by Michael Oliver in the opening 45 minutes.

David Ospina crashed into Oscar as he attempted to claim the ball, leaving the Brazilian in a heap inside the box in what looked like a clear penalty and red card. Oscar was also brought down by Hector Bellerin earlier on, but Michael Oliver saw no infringement.

Former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas also tumbled inside the box, but he was then shown a yellow for simulation after a rather theatrical fall despite there being contact in the challenge. Lastly, the home side were left feeling aggrieved after the ball appeared to strike Gary Cahill’s arm from Santi Cazorla’s effort.

Oscar had to be replaced following the break after showing signs of concussion following his clash with Ospina. This forced Mourinho to play Didier Drogba, but the visiting side did not contribute a huge amount going forwards in the second half as they seemed content with a point.

As the game went on Arsenal continued to knock on the door but failed to produce a moment of magic to unlock the visitors stern defence. Ozil and Welbeck both went close as the game came to an end, and although they kept their unbeaten run intact, the draw effectively ended any hope that Arsenal had of claiming the title at the end of the season.

Emotions were running high throughout the tense London derby, seeing the home crowd give Cesc Fabregas a hostile reception in his return to the Emirates. The Spaniard was withdrawn in the 2nd half partly due to his earlier booking, seeing the home crowd both applaud and boo the midfielder.

Like so many of the top teams, Arsenal failed to break through against Chelsea who can wrap up the title next weekend if they pick up 3 points against Leicester on Wednesday night. The hard earned point saw Chelsea fans celebrate at the final whistle, and Mourinho will be happy with his teams showing against their London rivals.

Although a frustrating afternoon for Wenger and his side, there are plenty of positives to take from the game and Arsenal remain the in form team of 2015. Arsenal have a game in hand which could see them leap frog Man City, and they will also feel confident that they can retain the F.A cup, but it now seems that the Premier League title will once again be lifted by Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side.

Jonny Hughes [@J_Hughes08]


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