Chelsea hold Arsenal, move closer to Premiership title
Chelsea crept ever closer to a seemingly inevitable Premier League title after holding challengers, Arsenal, to a goalless stalemate at the Emirates Stadium.
It was a typically professional performance from Jose Mourinho’s side, who remain 10 points clear at the top of the table, though their backs were against the wall at times against Arsene Wenger’s battling hosts.
Again the officials were at the centre of things in an eventful, end-to-end first half which saw four penalty appeals, with none given, as well as a shot from Chelsea midfielder Oscar cleared off the line.
Three of those shouts were from the Blues, though none seemed clear-cut and Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving. But Arsenal were soon also incensed with referee Michael Oliver as he failed to spot what Arsene Wenger would surely argue to be a blatant handball by Gary Cahill, who blocked Santi Cazorla’s shot with his arm as the Gunners pinned the league leaders back.
The high tempo of the first half made way for a timid second period, with Chelsea defending stubbornly to keep the likes of Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey at bay .
Arsenal kept coming forward until the final moments, but in the end they were forced to settle for a point, as Wenger’s woeful record against Mourinho continues, with the Frenchman yet to claim victory over his Portuguese rival in 13 attempts.
Meanwhile, it’s a result which continues the Blues’ brilliant 13-game unbeaten Premier League run, with their last defeat coming against London rivals, Tottenham, on New Year’s Day.