The last time Arsenal travelled across London to face Chelsea and returned with a point without scoring was 12 years ago.
Back then Petr Cech was still a Blue, Cesc Fabregas was a Gunner and John Terry was still the darling of Stamford Bridge. In 2017 Cech and Fabregas have swapped sides and Terry watched from the stands having left the club.
In a testing game, where neither side gave an inch, David Luiz gave Arsenal some late impetus when he was sent off but chances were at a premium. Sportsmail’s SAMI MOKBEL provides his player ratings from Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz smiles at Granit Xhaka as Michael Oliver brandishes a red card in his direction
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny (far right) produced a disciplined performance at the back
Thibault Courtois – 6.5
Will be happy with the clean sheet as Arsenal more than held their own.
Gary Cahill – 6.5
Back from suspension and back in the thick of the action. Solid.
David Luiz – 6
Set the tone for his team before being sent off for a reckless tackle on Kolasinac.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
As dependable as ever. Kept a cool head during a tense 90 minutes.
Antonio Conte protested the decision but he could have few complaints about the lunge
Victor Moses – 6.5
Recovered from an early injury scare to cause Arsenal some problems.
N’Golo Kante – 8
Here, there, and everywhere. His brain works a split second faster than everyone else’s.
Former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas protests a decision from Michael Oliver on Sunday
Cesc Fabregas – 7
Showed a little bit of everything in Chelsea’s midfield. As ever, easy on the eye.
Marcos Alonso – 6.5
A controlled display from the Spaniard, but was exposed by Bellerin’s pace.
Pedro – 6
Missed great chance in the first half before being replaced at half-time.
Alvaro Morata – 6
A frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea striker. Falls down too easily. Booked.
Alvaro Morata returned to the Chelsea starting line-up after being rested in midweek
Willian – 6.5
A mature display from the Brazilian. Unlucky to be substituted.
Subs: Bakayoko 7 (for Pedro, 46); Hazard 6 (for Willian 69); Christensen 6 (for Morata 90)
Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko stretches for the ball during a game of few chances
Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Batshuayi.
Antonio Conte – 6.5
A frustrating afternoon. his side made much of the running but couldn’t unlock the door.
Petr Cech – 7
Big save from Pedro in the first half. Solid display back at his spiritual home.
Laurent Koscielny gets across to thwart Pedro with Petr Cech closing down the space
Shkodran Mustafi – 8
A much improved display. Thought he’d won the game with a disallowed late header.
Laurent Koscielny – 8.5
Bravery personified. The Arsenal captain led by example at the Stamford Bridge.
Koscileny rises to makes another headed clearance under pressure from Luiz’s acrobatics
Nacho Monreal – 7
Used his experience to great effect. Solid performance from the Spaniard.
Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Threatening going forward and kept a decent lock on Chelsea attacks. Booked.
Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi rises to loop a header towards goal but his effort was ruled out
Aaron Ramsey – 7.5
Broke the lines when he could to cause Chelsea problems. Drove Arsenal forward.
Granit Xhaka – 5.5
A sloppy performance from the Swiss but he didn’t hide when it was easy to.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.5
Fast becoming a crowd favourite. Tremendous energy down Arsenal’s left. Booked.
N’Golo Kante looks to break clear from the attentions of Aaron Ramsey during the contest
Alex Iwobi – 6
Replaced the injured Mesut Ozil. Did okay without making a significant impact.
Danny Welbeck – 6.5
Grafted for his team and caused some problems in attack before limping off.
Danny Welbeck started the game but eventually limped off to be replaced by Olivier Giroud
Alexandre Lacazette – 6
Could have scored twice in the first half before being substituted.
Subs: Sanchez 6 (for Lacazette 66); Giroud 6 (Welbeck 73); Elneny 6, booked. (for Iwobi 80)
Subs not used: Ospina, Mertesacker, Walcott, Maitland-Niles, Elneny
Arsene Wenger – 7
His team delivered a gutsy display and could even have nicked it.
Referee: Michael Oliver – Got the big decision of the afternoon – Luiz’s sending off – spot on.
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