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Arsenal and Chelsea play out a goalless draw

Posted on April 26, 2015 by David Nugent

After a slow start the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Michael Oliver, as Oscar went down in the penalty area under a challenge from young Hector Bellerin.

On 12 minutes the Gunners had a half-chance. Olivier Giroud picked up the ball in the penalty area and the Frenchman attempted to flick the ball over Thibaut Courtois, but the Chelsea keeper gathered comfortably in the end.

The visitors had a golden opportunity and a penalty appeal turned down on 16 minutes. Former-Gunner Cesc Fabregas fired a superb pass over the Arsenal defence to Oscar, who lofted the ball over David Ospina, only for Bellerin to get back onto his own goal line and clear the ball wide of goal.

Oscar was clattered in the process of lobbing the Colombian international and appeals for a spot-kick were again turned down.

Fabregas was booked for simulation on 22 minutes, after going down in the penalty area under a challenge from compatriot Santi Cazorla. The Gunners had a penalty area rejected on 34 minutes, as Gary Cahill appeared to block Cazorla’s shot with his arm.

The visitors had an attempt on goal on 38 minutes. Brazilian midfielder Willian played in compatriot Ramires and the midfielder saw his low effort saved well by Ospina.

The Gunners went up the other end on 40 minutes, as Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez dragged an effort wide of goal. The home side pushed for an opening goal and on the stroke of half-time Mesut Ozil fired straight at Courtois, after good play from Bellerin and Cazorla.

Arsenal produced the first threat of the second half on 49 minutes. However the attack came to an ended when Nacho Monreal’s poor attempt at a cross went over the Chelsea bar. On 56 minutes Eden Hazard fired well over the bar from outside the area for the visitors.

On 66 minutes Willian teed-up Chelsea substitute Didier Drogba, who shot from just outside the area was comfortably dealt with by Ospina. Gunners centre-back Per Mertesacker fired well wide of goal on 68 minutes when well –placed.

On 73 minutes Didier Drogba saw an effort from inside the penalty area deflected wide of goal off Francis Coquelin for a corner kick, which the Gunners cleared relatively easily. Cazorla dragged an effort wide of goal from inside the Chelsea area on 76 minutes, after Laurent Koscielny had found the midfielder with a superb cross.

On 82 minutes Gunners substitute Danny Welbeck broke into the box and from an acute angle saw his effort palmed away by Courtois. The Blues shut-up-shop, but the Gunners went agonisingly close in stoppage-time through Danny Welbeck, who miss-kicked Nacho Monreal cross into the area.

In the end though, neither side could find a breakthrough. However, both teams will probably be content with a point.

Who was your Arsenal man of the match against Chelsea?

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