Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 things we learned

Antonio Conte

A more confident Arsenal might have pounced on the chance to take all three points, but this was their first point at Stamford Bridge in six years and these days Wenger's men are more than happy simply to avoid a beating.

"It was about mentality and a response from our last away game".

"It was a solid performance with team discipline", Wenger told Match of the Day 2.

"We played against the champions of last season and, if you play like this, I think you'll get a lot of points".

Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, two of Arsenal's best players had very little to do in this game. We are all human beings.

Despite Arsenal being unable to do the few things they are good at doing, they did something that many were pleasantly surprised to see (depending on who you support of course). But we showed solidarity and that was very good. This made it much harder for the Blues to play the ball, with every passing option covered by an extra man.

The match wasn't without its usual intensity, as tensions rose evenly with David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac's challenges growing more ruthless until the Brazilian was sent off three minutes from regular time. "We have great respect for officials, but it is odd to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men".

Wenger praised the forward and said with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott on the bench, he was always going to make a change in the derby clash.

'And I'm not just saying this due to their goalless draw at the Bridge - I've thought this way for a while.

The Gunners made eight changes from the side that started Thursday's Europa League victory over FC Koln, with only Alex Iwobi, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin keeping their places.

"Pedro wasn't 100% fit after getting a knock to his ankle in the first-half, and that's why I took him off at half-time", Conte clarified. When an overhit Chelsea pass found its way to Petr Cech, Arsenal's goalkeeper could have picked up the ball and immediately kicked downfield but, instead, waited with the ball at his feet.

The Welshman has been Arsenal's best player so far this season and has consistently provided everything Arsenal need from a central midfielder.

"He played a really good game".



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