Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0: David Luiz sent off as champions are held

Glen Mclaughlin
September 18, 2017

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed that Eden Hazard could start against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening. Hazard has played only 44 minutes for Chelsea this season with an additional 93 minutes for Belgium over the global break.

Speaking afterwards Wenger said: "It was a game of quality and intensity all over the pitch and we battled well". The Brazilian mate a crude challenge on Gunners full-back Sead Kolasinac and his manager agreed with the referee's decision to show him a straight red card.

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. We wanted to get a result and we got one. In recent years we have struggled here but we are able to compete against the best.

It has set up a tantalising clash, in which both sides will be going for three points - Chelsea will be hoping to keep pace at the top, whilst Arsenal need a win to climb into the top half. Wenger's side will also be boosted by the fact that they are going to play a second string XI in the Europa League until the knockouts, giving them the chance to focus on the Premier League. Only the post denied Ramsey and record-signing Alexandre Lacazette couldn't follow through with a goal.

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"We are in a good place, we just have to build on it".

The chances dried up after the break prompting Arsenal to introduce Alexis Sanchez after he was left on the bench while Chelsea threw on Eden Hazard for Willian.

Wenger's tactical decisions have always been questioned when it comes to the big games but - despite fielding a team that was cohesive and organised throughout - Arsenal still had their most shots in the first half of an away Premier League game for a year.

"I repeat that we have great respect for them".

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