HONOURS EVEN AT STAMFORD BRIDGE

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side produced a great response to their 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool the other time, as they earned a first point at Chelsea in six years.

The Gunners had previously kept only one clean sheet in their past 18 league games at Stamford Bridge and, following the 4-0 loss at Anfield in their previous Premier League away game, this was a display which left Wenger satisfied.

“It was a solid performance with team discipline,” Wenger said after the match. “Everyone wanted to see how we responded to our last away league game and we did that in a positive way. We could have won but overall it was an intense, disciplined and battling game.

The draw was a fully deserved reward for an excellent display that could even have brought victory against the Premier League champions, who finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of David Luiz for a high tackle on Sead Kolasinac.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte commented on the red card saying that he doesn’t want to comment about the referee because he has great respect for officials. The point leaves Chelsea third in the table, three points behind Manchester City and Manchester United.

Pedro missed Chelsea’s best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by Arsenal’s shot stopper Petr Cech.

Arsenal, however, had arguably the better opportunities as Danny Welbeck headed wide from in front of goal and Aaron Ramsey struck the post, Alexandre Lacazette firing the rebound over an open goal.

The second period was a tighter affair, the Blues’ frustrations boiling over in the closing minutes when Luiz was shown red for his reckless challenge on Kolasinac.

Arsenal’s manager cut a forlorn figure in his technical area for much of the game, spending time in dialogue with the officials nearby, but there was much for Wenger to be satisfied with as they more than matched Chelsea.