Arsenal and Chelsea faced off this weekend in a London derby between first and third place, only to have it end in a scoreless draw. The result adds one more draw to the column of only draws and defeats that Arsene Wenger has suffered at the hands of Jose Mourinho squads during his two stints at Chelsea. Out of the thirteen matches between the two managers, Wenger has never come out on top. And a major reason for the continuing trend was on display yesterday during the match. Chelsea, being top of the table already, came to the Emirates looking to achieve one thing: not lose. And they didn’t, even if it was at the expense of not winning. They sat back and soaked up Arsenal’s pressure and possession in their respective offensive third, while looking to catch Arsenal on the break after winning the ball and having drawn Arsenal deep into the Chelsea half. Arsenal for their part were wary of this, and accumulated a handful of yellow cards for quickly stopping counterattacks, unlawfully albeit. And so, viewers were left with a nil-nil result, fair, although not particularly satisfying.
Ricardo Guimarães BMG said though, yet from the celebrations of the Chelsea players, a draw was exceptionally satisfying, and brought them just one step closer to claiming the title that they have had their eyes on since the first week of the season. Sometimes, a draw is just enough.