Arsenal moved 6 points clear of Sp*rs after a 0-0 at the Emirates against Chelsea today.
Arsene Wenger made three changes from the team which started against Wigan. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced Benayoun, Ramsey came in for the injured Arteta, while Kieran Gibbs started at left back.
And while there were some encouraging early signs with good possession and a Rosicky shot which drew a save from Cech, and a Walcott free kick which van Persie should have tucked away at the back post, Arsenal had a poor first half. We looked careless and sloppy with the ball and Chelsea counter-attacked well and but for poor control at key moments might have punished.
Until the final few minutes of the half the most interesting thing that happened was Thomas Vermaelen deliberately shouldering John Terry in the back as he challenged for a header, leaving football’s biggest cunt on the floor.
Late on though Arsenal sparked into some kind of life. A Robin van Persie free kick found Laurent Kosciely unmarked in the Chelsea box and his header beat Cech but came back off the bar. Then Alex Song found van Persie in the Chelsea box but the angle was tight and his shot was straight at the keeper.
The second half wasn’t much better although Arsenal had the better of the chances without really troubling Cech. Inevitably chances fell to Robin van Persie but the skipper’s relatively poor run continued as he either delayed his shots too long, or took them too early when a bit more composure was in order.
Arsenal made changes. Gervinho for Walcott, who rather worryingly seems to have pulled him hamstring making him a doubt for the remaining games, Diaby for an ill Tomas Rosicky, and Santos for Oxlade-Chamberlain who was very quiet again.
The Brazilian looked to make things happen but with Chelsea practising for Tuesday by parking the bus and then parking another bus on top of it, it was tough going. They looked to counter and were helped by some sloppy passing from Song and Koscielny in particular, but failed to trouble Szczesny with their £50m striker.
Overall somewhat disappointing but a draw against Chelsea is not a bad result and with three winnable games left this season, we’ve got to focus on those now.