A much-improved Arsenal side pushed Chelsea all the way at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in an entertaining 0-0 draw, with the Gunners unlucky not to come away with all three points.
Arsene Wenger’s side started with Alexis Sanchez on the bench while Mesut Ozil was ruled out of the capital clash with injury.
However, the visitors fashioned a number of very good chances in the first-half, with Danny Welbeck heading wide from a Hector Bellerin cross. Although, worringly for Arsenal, Welbeck would be forced off with a groin injury later on.
Chelsea then had a great chance to open the scoring, only for Petr Cech to foil Pedro with the Spaniard through on goal.
Just before the break, the outstanding Aaron Ramsey hit the frame of the goal before Alexandre Lacazette blasted over from close-range.
At least Sanchez saw the funny side…
The second-half was rather less frantic, although Shkodran Mustafi thought he had scored, only for the effort to be correctly chalked off for offside.
Laurent Koscielny found himself on the wrong end of a dangerous challenge from David Luiz. The Brazilian was booked although Arsenal fans called for a red in light of Sadio Mané’s recent sending off against Man City.
An uncharacteristically disciplined and solid Arsenal side continued to frustrate the Blues, with Mustafi back to his best.
Late on, David Luiz did eventually see red for a dreadful challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
The game would end all-square, a result which will no doubt have pleased Wenger and co. who have been used to disappointment at Stamford Bridge in recent years.
On the other hand, Antonio Conte will surely be underwhelmed by his side’s display, who failed to score for the first time under the Italian on home soil.