As the London derby ended in a fairly disappointing 0-0, we looked at five things the result told us about Arsenal/
Oh what a Luis Suarez would bring to this Arsenal side
To be fair, both teams lacked a forward that could seize the game and do something special to win it. But Arsenal, especially as the home team, and having been linked to the Uruguayan in the summer, were particularly toothless in attack. Fans will be waiting with interest to see what Wenger will do once the January transfer window opens.
Ramsey and Ozil looked a little off the pace
For large portions of the game, both Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil were struggling to instigate any kind of goal threat for the Gunners. Having proved themselves vastly capable goal creators and goal scorers earlier in the season, these are, as many people have said, the kind of games the two Arsenal stars should be influencing. Whether it is just a case that they were up against a good team with a very good midfield, time will tell, but such performances enable naysayers of the two to say Ramsey can't do it in the big games, and Ozil has gone off the boil.
Title contenders need to be having more than 2 shots on target in home games
That Arsenal didn't have a shot on target until the 85th minute will be of great disappointment to both Arsene Wenger and the Gunners fans. A strong final few minutes perhaps glossed over the problem somewhat, but it could be said that Arsenal were lucky to go in level at half-time, and the lack of a goal-threat didn't perturb Wenger enough to try and change things. Olivier Giroud found himself on the end of the few Arsenal chances, but didn't manage to find the net, and the lack of alternatives to Arsenal were glaring.
Why didn't Wenger make any substitutions?
The Frenchman had decent attacking options on the bench in the form of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner; that he didn't push for the win by bringing any of them on is telling, especially as Ozil was having a so-so game and the side were lacking presence up front for most of the game. Cazorla would have been a fresh and creative approach coming on for any of the attacking midfielders.
Did Mike Dean get two big decisions wrong in less than a minute?
A strong challenge from John Obi Mikel on Mikel Arteta had many fans crying out for a red card, and Mike Dean's refusal to issue any warning to the Chelsea man staggered many. Worse was to come for Arsenal as Willian appeared to trip Theo Walcott in the Blues box less than a minute later, only for the referee to again rule in favour of the visitors. They were two big decisions that could have changed the whole direction of the game, and Arsenal will feel that at least one of them should have gone in their favour.
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