Arsenal battle to deserved point at 10-man Chelsea

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Arsenal ended a five-match losing streak at Stamford Bridge in an entertaining draw with Premier League champions Chelsea.

It was as frenetic and entertaining as a goalless stalemate could be, with David Luiz sent off late on for a poor challenge on Sead Kolasinac which saw both benches rise to their feet.

Arsenal had the better chances, the best when Alexandre Lacazette shot wide after Aaron Ramsey had hit the post.

Danny Welbeck should also have done better than head wide in a first half which saw Petr Cech save well from Pedro.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Aaron Ramsey

The much-maligned Arsenal midfielder came up against a tough test in the midfield department but came through it well. The Wales international also came closest to winning the game as a bundling first-half run ended with him firing against Thibaut Courtois’ post. He was less of an attacking threat after the interval but was a crucial part of the game plan which saw the Gunners end a run of defeats at Stamford Bridge.

Moment of the match

Arsene Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record in his quest to sign a prolific goalscorer as Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette appeared to fit the bill. But here, the France international was guilty of missing a glorious chance to put Arsenal ahead. Instead he ballooned over from just five yards as Aaron Ramsey’s effort off the post fell kindly at his feet.

Data point


While Arsenal played well in earning a point at Stamford Bridge – the draw extends their winless away run against last season’s top six. It is now 14 games since they last recorded a victory at Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool or Tottenham.

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Who’s up next?

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest (Carabao Cup, September 20)

Arsenal v Doncaster (Carabao Cup, September 20)

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