Arsenal may not have gotten outright victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but the fact that they did not lose again was some sort of victory for Arsene Wenger’s men, as their fans who travelled with them would not be disappointed.
Arsene Wenger’s men should really have gotten victory in the London derby, but they squandered the best opportunities and had a man advantage for the final minutes after David Luiz was sent-off. But the Arsenal supporters who stayed behind to applaud their team are just relieved not to be going to work to face the same old jokes.
Both Wenger and Conte took some calculated risks keeping Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard on bench, and allowing them come in later, in a match where victory was actually needed. Wenger introduced Iwobi even when injured Mesut Ozil was not available.
Sanchez was on bench, while Olivier Giroud started, after playing 90 minutes in the Europa League victory over Cologne. With Sanchez and Giroud both watching from the sidelines during the first half, the responsibility to threaten Chelsea’s goal fell to Welbeck and Lacazette, and the pair missed the best chances of the game.
David Luis’ red card appeared like a major problem to the blues, but Arsene Wenger’s men were not good enough to take full advantage of the late sending-off of the Brazilian, as Conte’s men curtailed the weak attack of Gunners with just three minutes left to normal time.