Arsenal hold Chelsea in rare 0-0 draw
LONDON, England (AP):
Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw for the first time in almost 20 months yesterday when Arsenal produced the type of disciplined display lacking during recent setbacks to frustrate the Premier League champions.
Just like in the curtain-raiser to the season when Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield the west London cub finished with 10 men. David Luiz was sent off in the 87th minute for a high, sliding challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
Asked about Chelsea's fifth red card in eight matches, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte responded: "Do you think we are becoming bad?" The Italian did acknowledge: "It's a situation we need to improve."
It was the most explosive moment of a largely sedate lunchtime fixture with Arsenal transformed from the side that collapsed so meekly to lose 4-0 at Liverpool on top of a defeat to Stoke.
"I think we needed that, after Liverpool," Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey said. "We showed we wanted a result here today and we've got one. We have come here and struggled in recent years, but we showed what we're capable of, competing against the best.
"We showed solidarity, that we can create chances against them, and on another day, we might have nicked it."
Such as when Ramsey was given the freedom to exploit pockets of space and waltz unchallenged through the defence just before halftime. Only the post denied Ramsey and record-signing Alexandre Lacazette couldn't follow through with a goal.