Match Report: Arsenal earn point against 10-man Chelsea

Arsenal ended a five-match losing streak at Stamford Bridge as they drew 0-0 with 10-man Chelsea.

A goalless first half had a couple of big chances. Pedro was put through for the hosts but was denied by Petr Cech, while Aaron Ramsey hit a post for Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette skying the rebound.

There were fewer opportunities after the break despite the introductions of Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi thought he had scored on 75 minutes, but was offside when heading in Granit Xhaka’s free-kick.

On 87 minutes, David Luiz received a straight red card for a high tackle on Sead Kolasinac but the Gunners could not make their man advantage count.

Chelsea stay third, three points off the top, while Arsenal are 12th.

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Gary Neville: Antonio Conte was right to put Eden Hazard on the bench against Arsenal

The Chelsea winger has only just returned to fitness after suffering an ankle injury at the end of last season.

He made a couple of cameo appearances in the wins against Leicester and Qarabag.

Hazard was expected to start against Arsenal but Conte preferred Pedro and Willian in support of Alvaro Morata.

“It’s confidence as a coach to make sure you have players on the pitch that are at their best in fitness terms,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“I think sometimes you can sort of rush your best player back, thinking it’s going to work.

“But actually if he’s only at say 85 per cent, it can be self-defeating.

“So I think having players out there who are fit, who have been there and having the opportunity to bring Hazard on is a smart move.

“It shows he’s got confidence in his players.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher expressed shock at Conte’s decision to start Cesc Fabregas.

“I’m surprised he’s playing,” Carragher said.

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