Tactical masterclass from Conte helps 10-man Chelsea shut out Arsenal

Gus Poyet

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.

His dismissal was the third time in five league games this season that a Chelsea player was sent off, as many as in their previous 73 games.

They also shut down a Chelsea juggernaut that had scored for 27 straight home matches under Antonio Conte.

Arguably they should at least have got on the scoreboard but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal in the first-half.

With three minutes left, David Luiz, under pressure from Sanchez, lunged into Kolasinac and referee Michael Oliver brandished a straight red. "But sometimes, it is very unusual to finish for the third time in a row with 10 men against Arsenal". It was excessive force. "Sometimes the opponents deserve a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men".

After the 0-0 draw against Arsenal Conte said: "The last 20 minutes Hazard played very well".

"After the first half Pedro was a bit injured because he had a kick on his ankle and then I change it, tried to have more balance in the midfield", Conte said after the match. "I was a player and it can happen, this type of period and you are not so lucky to receive these red cards".

Both sides had their chances and Arsenal even had a goal ruled out for offside. But I think now he's a complete player - he's a top player with the ball, without the ball.

"Arsenal are a really good team, a strong team".

Speaking afterwards Wenger said: "It was a game of quality and intensity all over the pitch and we battled well".

A disappointing afternoon for Chelsea and the Stamford Bridge crowd having failed to beat an Arsenal team that looked there for the taking.

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