The Gunners had a penalty appeal turned down when Theo Walcott appeared to be tripped by Willian in the box and also went close late on through Olivier Giroud but a cagey and uninspiring affair ended all square and left Arsenal second in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Liverpool.
The England international believes that the Gunners did enough to win the game and feels they should now respond very quickly to keep the title charge going.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
I think we can say we deserved to win the game. There were chances at both ends but we were the ones that ended up disappointed.
It was a scrappy game and the weather did not help. We were left frustrated but this is the most unforgiving part of the season.
We have to respond quickly as we play every three days for the next two weeks. We have to forget it and move on.
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The Premier League can change in a matter of weeks. And that is what we have to control. We have to make sure if we are not winning then we are not losing. We did that tonight and we have to take that as a positive.
Arsenal and Chelsea drew a blank in Monday night’s big game at the Emirates Stadium and the game was hardly a classic as it was more of a scrappy affair. Both teams wanted to win earlier on, but it was perhaps even more important for both sides not to lose. The Gunners did well in holding the ball as they dominated the possession, but once again we failed to create meaningful chances in the final third as we didn’t even have a shot on target until Giroud’s abortive effort late in the game.
Some of the decisions that referee Mike Dean made has influenced the result to some extent. Mikel’s tackle on Arteta would usually have been a straight red in any other game but Dean didn’t even book the Chelsea midfielder and we should have had a penalty when Theo was brought down but he let it go too.
At the end of the day a draw was a fair result but it feels like a missed opportunity. The Gunners have to regain their winning form against some of the weaker teams in the next few weeks to cement their position at the top. Next up are West Ham away on Boxing Day.
Merry Christmas everybody!
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