By Chris Harris
Same opponents, same result, same old Chelsea scorer.
Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge was tiresomely familiar for those of an Arsenal persuasion but it did not leave Arsène Wenger with a sense of déjà vu.
Goals from Didier Drogba and Alex sealed a 2-0 win for the champions, eight months after a Drogba brace inflicted an identical defeat on Arsenal. But while Wenger's side rarely looked like scoring in February, they created a string of chances on Sunday.
Marouane Chamakh and Laurent Koscielny went close in the first minute, Andrey Arshavin forced a fine save from Petr Cech and Samir Nasri squandered another decent opportunity before Chamakh headed just wide in the second half.
No wonder Wenger found it easier to take positives.
"People will say [that it is déjà vu] but I don’t feel that," he said. "I feel the two teams are really close.
"We have to give Chelsea credit today because they took advantage up front. They were much more clinical. But the game should have been over before it had started - we had the first two chances in the first minute and I don't know how we missed that header from six yards.
"We had the chances today. But when you have the chances we had you need to score.
"There are many positives from the game because we dominated this game quite surprisingly in my opinion. But we go home with zero points and if you look at the way we threw two points away at Sunderland the other week and now this week you see that despite our quality it is not enough."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source