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Wenger on Lacazette and the late red card

 

Alex Lacazette is yet to score away from the Emirates for us - but he came close to changing that when bringing a fine save from Thibaut Courtois in the opening stages at Chelsea on Sunday.
 
Addressing the media after the game, Arsène Wenger praised the striker’s first-half display and also shared his thoughts on David Luiz’s late red card.

on Lacazette…
I felt Lacazette had a very good first half. He worked very hard for the team, he’s very disciplined and it takes him some time to maintain that intensity for 90 minutes. Don’t forget as well I had Walcott, Giroud and Alexis on the bench, so after 65 minutes in a game of that intensity, it’s normal that you bring some fresh legs in.
 
on if Lacazette understands that…
I never ask any striker to understand that he has to make room for somebody else. You can never do that.
 
on David Luiz's red card…
It was excessive force, yes, and I think Kolasinac was not completely on his feet and eased a bit off. I think even Luiz, with a bit of distance, will accept that he went in too strongly. After that, it’s the decision of the referee that you have to accept. I haven’t seen it again but it looked to me like it was excessive force.

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The Breakdown

How our pugnacious pressing rattled Chelsea

We secured a hard-earned point at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as a battling display ended in a 0-0 draw against Chelsea.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke examines our performance and also focuses on:

  • How we denied Alvaro Morata breathing space
  • The confidence we showed in our passing game
  • The importance of our positional discipline
  • Aaron Ramsey's outstanding midfield display

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the latest episode of 'The Breakdown' and the check out the following:

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Relentless Rambo stars at Stamford Bridge

Aaron Ramsey was outstanding on Sunday as we drew 0-0 with Chelsea - and was voted as your man of the match.

The Wales international produced a disciplined, battling display in midfield alongside Granit Xhaka - and came closest to scoring for us with a shot that hit the post.

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the best of Rambo's display at Stamford Bridge and then check out the following:

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Match video: Chelsea v Arsenal

We had some good chances at Chelsea on Sunday, but ultimately had to settle for a point.

In a fiercely-contested, fully-committed London derby, our best chances came in the first half - Danny Welbeck headed wide, Alex Lacazette brought a smart save from Thibaut Courtois and Aaron Ramsey hit the post.

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Wenger - We played with some inhibitions

There were certainly plenty of positives from our draw at Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger still left Stamford Bridge disappointed not to have recorded our first away win of the season.

We had plenty of first-half chances on Sunday, but just couldn't make the breakthrough in a team display much improved from our last Premier League away game, at Liverpool.

"I’m happy with the performance and disappointed with the point," the manager told Arsenal Player. "I would like to put in front the performance, the response of the players, the togetherness and fighting spirit we have shown, which was questioned a lot. That was our No 1 target today, to do that.

"We had plenty of chances and even in the end we would have created more chances had we had a history of winning games. In the end we played with some inhibitions because we didn’t want to lose.

"We wanted to win the game but I believe as well that it was important today not to lose, for the future of the team. 

"Somewhere we had those inhibitions in our head and in the reflected attitude."

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Mustafi - Our team performance was spot on

Eight clearances, seven recoveries and a couple of tackles and interceptions - Shkodran Mustafi’s numbers against Chelsea made for excellent reading, but our No 20 still left Stamford Bridge wondering what could have been.

Speaking to Arsenal Player at full-time, the German international reflected on an intense London derby and a much-improved performance on the road.

on if he’s happy…
Happy? No, because I would like to win games like today. But I think in the end it’s a fair point. I think we had some great opportunities and they had a few at the end. One point at their ground, you can live for that and try to build from this team performance. I think the team performance was spot on. Everyone gave everything and I think it’s really important that we keep going like this.

on the London derby…
It is high tempo. You get games like this, when you have two teams that are both going for the three points. You could see today that both teams did that. That’s what I love about playing in the Premier League because you can see that everyone is going to try and win, try and perform. I think in the end, even though we didn’t get the three points, we performed and now we can go with that into the next game.

on his header…
I saw someone behind me, so I thought I wasn’t offside. I knew I started a bit early, but I know as a defender it’s hard to stay in one line, so you get some going early, some a bit later. I thought if I start a split-second early, I might get this advantage. I got it but unfortunately the man behind me was Sead and no one from the Chelsea team. I was really unhappy with that but it was offside. 

on positives...
We are a team that are willing to learn. I think that we have to try and build from something and I think we can build form this performance today because we were really well organised when we didn’t have the ball. When we had the ball, we played some brilliant one-touch football. I think we can build from this. We played today against the champions of last season and if you play like this, I think you’ll get a lot of points. We can build from that. 

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Bellerin - We really fought for that

Hector Bellerin in action against Chelsea

 

We secured a hard-fought point in Sunday’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge - but it could have been more.
 
Hector Bellerin played more key passes than anyone else on the field in the first half, creating chances for Danny Welbeck and Alex Lacazette.. Unfortunately neither could convert.

“I’m disappointed because we had chances to win the game,” Bellerin said at full-time. “To be fair they had a few as well, but I think if we would have been efficient at the beginning of the game it would have been completely different with the chances we had.
 
“Obviously we know it’s a hard venue to come to and we can’t really be that disappointed with a point because it was well-fought by both teams, but the fact that we thought we could have come away with a win was disappointing.”
 
Bellerin was pleased with the team’s improvement from our last away league game, the 4-0 defeat at Anfield before the international break.
 
“Sometimes there’s games that are not going your way and that doesn’t mean the team is not good enough. We’ve had a few good results in the past week, we’ve got the confidence back and were ready to beat Chelsea. It wasn’t to be, but I think we have to take a lot of positives from the game.”

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'We responded exactly how I expected'

Arsène Wenger praised his team's response after the Gunners claimed a first away point of the season at Stamford Bridge.

 
We bounced back from a 4-0 defeat in our last Premier League away game to take a well-deserved draw on Sunday, and the boss spoke to the media after the game about the spirit and commitment of the players.

on Arsenal's battling qualities…
Yes, but people forget that two months ago we beat Chelsea in the cup final and they don’t give you the cup, you know, so overall I believe we have shown that many times. It’s true you have to accept criticism when we deliver the kind of performance we had at Liverpool – the only way to respond is on the pitch and that’s what we did today. It was a question today what will happen, at least with the attitude, the response, the determination. It was vital for us even above the result to come out with a solid performance on that front.
 
on needing a different approach to the cup final…
The challenge was higher, because we played the final on a neutral ground and today we played at their home where they are traditionally very strong. So the challenge was higher for us, but I feel overall we did exactly what I expected the team to do.
 
on if Arsenal showed the cup final wasn’t a shock…
I think when you go for trophies everybody gives absolutely 100 per cent, but it’s true that the championship is different in the way that you play at home and when you play at home before the season people expect you to win the games.

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Post-Match Report

Chelsea v Arsenal: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED 

We took a deserved point from a breathless and eventful derby at Stamford Bridge.
 
The game was played at a hectic pace from the first whistle, and the Gunners might well have won it as the hosts had to see out the final few minutes with 10 men, after the late sending off of David Luiz.
 
Shkodran Mustafi had a goal disallowed, correctly, for offside in the second half, but the best of our chances came in the opening 45, culminating in Aaron Ramsey striking the post just before the interval.
 
The Gunners had to absorb plenty of pressure in the opening 15 minutes, with the hosts, and Alvaro Morata especially, looking dangerous in attack.

But once we settled the chances started to come.
 
The first fell to Danny Welbeck, who headed just wide after Hector Bellerin had worked a fantastic opening on the right wing with Alex Iwobi.
 
A moment later Bellerin carved out our next chance as well, using his pace again to get to the byline and pull back for Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman scuffed his shot somewhat though, and Thibaut Courtois grabbed it at the second attempt. 
 
Kolasinac also drew a save from the Chelsea keeper as we grew into the match.
 
Just as we looked to be getting on top though, out of nothing the hosts nearly took the lead.
 
Cesc Fabregas released Pedro through the middle, who was onside, but Cech came off his line quickly to snuff out the danger.
 
Granit Xhaka then struck a hot just wide as we continued to put the Chelsea defence under pressure.
 
With the half drawing to a close we wasted our most presentable chance of an entertaining match. Ramsey weaved his way though the defence, into the box before striking a right-footed shot against the upright.
 
The rebound fell to Lacazette, but his snap shot went over. The chance really should have been snaffled up, but the momentum was certainly with the Gunners as the first half ended.
 
There was little to separate the two teams in the second half, and the boss turned to Alexis and Olivier Giroud from the bench as we sought the breakthrough.
 
It looked like it had arrived on 70 minutes, when Shkodran Mustafi headed in a free-kick, only to see the offside flag raised - correctly - on the far side.
 
There was a flashpoint in the final few minutes, when David Luiz was shown a straight red card when lunging in dangerously on Sead Kolasinac.
 
Despite our numerical advantage though, we couldn't finad a late winner.

FIRST-HALF CHANCES

We racked up 10 shots in the first half, but we failed to make  any of them count. These were the best of them
 
16 - Welbeck heads over from Bellerin's cross
 
17 - Bellerin creates another chgances, but Lacazette shoots at Courtois
 
32 - Xhaka strikes just wide from 20 yards
 
41 - Ramsey hits the post after a great run, then Lacazette fires the rebound over

WHAT IT MEANS

Our first away point of the season keeps us in 12th place, in a very congested Premier League table.

WHAT'S NEXT

Most, if not all, of the players who started this game are likely to be rested on Wednesday as we take on Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup third round.

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The latest on Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck was forced off after 73 minutes of our goalless draw at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

 
Arsène Wenger was asked for the latest on the striker, and his team’s general performance, after the match. Here’s what he said in his post-match press conference.

on Welbeck…
He has a groin problem. I don’t know how severe it is but it looks like a 'good' groin problem, not an easy one.
 
on the game…
I felt it was a game with total intensity, where two teams really went for it and was a battle all over the pitch. We responded well in domains where we were questioned, you know, and I like when the team shows that kind of response. Overall I feel it’s a deserved point and with a bit more freedom maybe, less inhibition, we could have really won this game with one or two goals difference. But overall for us it was important at least not to lose today and you could feel that in the team in the last 20 minutes that we played a little bit with that in our mind.
 
on what’s changed from performances at Stoke and Liverpool…
I believe at Stoke we had a good performance on the football front. We had 77 per cent possession, [could have had] three penalties. We were a bit lucky we didn’t score. I agree, the result was very disappointing but the performance was not so disappointing. When you’re a football player, there’s only one thing that matters - the next game and how you respond to it. That’s what we did today.

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Cech - Solid first half set the tone

Petr Cech believes a disciplined and solid performance was the reason behind our first clean sheet at Stamford Bridge since 2005. 

We have often found ourselves behind by half-time when playing away to Chelsea recently, and have had players dismissed in two of our last four trips to west London. But Arsène Wenger’s men bounced back from our disappointment at Anfield in the previous away match, and could even had taken all three points after a fine first-half performance.

“At Liverpool we gave them the advantage before half-time,” Petr said after the game, "then it became very difficult for us. 

“A couple of recent times at Stamford Bridge we didn’t finish with 11 players on the pitch and as well on both occasions we gave them first-half goals. 

"Obviously, when Chelsea get in front at home then it’s very difficult for anybody, so we needed to make sure that we kept the clean sheet and wait for our chances. 

"It’s a shame that in the first half that we had some good opportunities that we didn’t take.”

"We had to survive the first 20 minutes and then step-by-step towards the end of the first half we came more and more into the game."