Arsene Wenger was naturally disappointed not to claim all three points in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, especially considering his sides dominance, but their inability to take their chances left Arsenal wanting.
John Terry and Co may have been obnoxiously jubilant at the final whistle, but the fact is they came here to do one job – not to lose and they escaped with their 10 point lead still in tact.
Unfortunately the Gunners couldn’t muster a winner despite some promising positions, Alexis Sanchez tried his best and at times a little too much, Giroud held the ball up all he could despite being heavily isolated at times and Ramsey flicked and turned the way he knows how. We lacked the cutting edge against a resilient Chelsea side and players such as Alexis, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker ought to have done better when presented the rare opportunity to shoot.
Overall Chelsea defended well. Ivanovic should’ve had a yellow much, much earlier however which could’ve changed things. Regardless we lacked the killer instinct and consequently failed to break through their impenetrable wall. How Ozil and Welbeck managed to miss the chance at the end we will never know..
The Gunners can also take solstice from their relatively solid defensive display which yielded a clean sheet. We were cut open on a few occasions and can be fortunate that David Ospina’s collision with Oscar did not lead to a penalty and dismissal. But generally our back line were solid apart from a few moments when we were cut open with the odd through ball. Though Laurent Koscielny was particularly immense, while the likes of Per, Nacho Monreal and Franics Coquelin all enjoyed positive outings as well as Hector Bellerin justified his surprise inclusion with a reliable performance dealing well with the pressure of Eden Hazard and Willian which is no easy task.
There were some dangerous moments as to be expected against such a strong Chelsea side, but their lack of a focal point proved beneficial for us while we kept Didier Drogba under wraps for once and Eden Hazard found it difficult.
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Wenger certainly wanted the win, and demonstrated some ambition by bringing on both Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott in the latter stages of the match, with the brilliant Coquelin the man to make way initially. But neither attacker were able to stamp their authority on the match, with Welbeck particularly unfortunate not to finish Monreal’s dangerous cross. Unfortunately Mourinho left with what he wanted – a frustrated home crowd and at least a point to take them one step closer to the title.
Another man who left the ground satisfied was Cesc Fabregas who was pleased with the reception he received during his withdrawal and avoided the whole ‘will he celebrate?’ fiasco. The former club captain’s return was marked by plenty of boos but equally resounding claps during his substitution. I understand the boos from certain sections, but more so appreciate what the Spaniard did for our club during what was a difficult period. It’s hard to forget all the incredible moments he enjoyed in red and white and for that reason alone he deserved the applause. But let’s leave it at that now.
Next up is Hull City away.