London derby: Chelsea frustrate Arsenal with goalless draw
Arsenal missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League after being held to a bruising 0-0 draw by title rivals Chelsea in a spiteful London derby on Monday.
Arsenal missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League after being held to a bruising 0-0 draw by title rivals Chelsea in a spiteful London derby on Monday. This was the final English top-flight fixture before Christmas, but there was little festive cheer on display at the Emirates Stadium as Chelsea battered Arsenal with a series of bruising challenges. (All AFP images)
John Obi Mikel (left) was fortunate to avoid a red card after the Chelsea midfielder crunched into Mikel Arteta (not in pic), while Arsenal also complained they should have had a penalty for Willian's challenge on Theo Walcott.
Mourinho sent Chelsea out in a 4-5-1 formation, with Fernando Torres (with the header in pic) as the lone striker, and that cautious approach worked impressively as Arsenal struggled to find any rhythm.
Aaron Ramsey (left), who has been Arsenal's leading goal scorer this season with 8 goals failed to get on the scoresheet at the Emirates stadium on Monday.
Mesut Ozil (left) was later involved in a fiery spat with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Ozil has the second most assists this season (7), behind Wayne Rooney (8).
After the match Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho said: "We controlled the game defensively. It was a tactical match, a match where neither side wanted to lose."