Pundit explains why Chelsea signing is a class above Arsenal rival

Lynette Rowe
September 18, 2017

Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester last Saturday and missed the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag of Azerbaijan.

"He has a groin problem", Wenger said.

It was as frenetic and entertaining as a goalless stalemate could be, with David Luiz sent off late on for a poor challenge on Sead Kolasinac which saw both benches rise to their feet. He needs time to recover. "We take the point and we move on".

In doing so, the visitors were able to get in behind N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas on a regular basis.

Wenger was delighted to see a renewed determination in the team compared to their last match away from home, in which they lost 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield. The Blues will have had more than 48 hours additional rest over the Gunners, who beat Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday night. They nearly matched the home side for goal attempts and had the better chances, while at the back they played with steely resolve and discipline to become the first side to stop the Blues scoring in a competitive home game since Conte took charge.

Most Arsenal fans went into Sunday's game against Chelsea with little hope of returning victorious from a stadium which has provided annual nightmares for Arsene Wenger and his side.

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"I don't know. Do you think we are becoming bad?"

It forced Chelsea to drop back and play on the counter-attack as Arsenal's back-line pushed up field and played a high line. Coming on top of the FA Cup final win over Chelsea in May and Community Shield success, Arsenal has the upper-hand in this London rivalry at the moment.

"Sometimes you forget Arsenal is one of the top six teams in England [they are] a strong team, a really good team".

"We finished two games with 10 men", Conte added. I'm pleased with the commitment and the performance of my players, it was very positive.

Wenger's tactical decisions have always been questioned when it comes to the big games but - despite fielding a team that was cohesive and organised throughout - Arsenal still had their most shots in the first half of an away Premier League game for a year.

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