Sunday, 17 September 2017

David Luiz sent off as Gunners leave with a point at Stamford bridge



David Luiz saw red in the dying moments as Chelsea and Arsenal played out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian centre-back was given his marching orders in the 86th minute for a two-footed lunge on Sead Kolasinac but it was too late for Arsenal to claim a first victory away to the champions since 2011.


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Though Arsenal were much improved from their 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool they perhaps benefitted from a Chelsea side lacking the star power of Eden Hazard in attack as Alvaro Morata struggled to impose himself on a disciplined visiting defence.

Whilst Arsene Wenger was without Mesut Ozil (knee) and Alexis Sanchez (match fitness), Antonio Conte chose not to unleash Hazard from the start.

Undoubtedly the Blues were worse off without his ability to drive through the space between the lines but in the early exchanges they were at least aided by the absence of an Arsenal midfield.

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