Five things we learned from Arsenal's draw against Chelsea; featuring Coquelin and Giroud

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Arsenal drew 0-0 with Chelsea Sunday - here are five things we learned about the Gunners.

Wenger still can't beat Mourinho

13 attempts, no wins. It was another frustrating day for Arsene Wenger against his nemesis Jose Mourinho, whose Chelsea side were stubborn defensively, limiting the Gunners to just one shot on target over the course of the game. It means that the gap at the top remains ten points, and leaves Wenger still searching for his first win over Mourinho - and Gunners fans will be wondering if it will ever come.

Coquelin is no flash in the pan

Despite an impressive season, some fans have seen Francis Coquelin as a one-season wonder in midfield, and would eventually be found out. Well, against Chelsea, the Frenchman was excellent again in midfield, protecting the back four and snapping into challenges to keep the Blues at bay. Arsenal may look to bring in another holding midfielder this summer, but Coquelin is more than doing his job right now.

Final ball lacking

Arsenal had plenty of possession, especially in the final third, but couldn't make it count, mustering just one shot on target. Too often, the likes of Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil would pick the ball up in dangerous positions but make the wrong decisions, letting Chelsea off the hook on too many occasions. In order to knock Mourinho's men off their perch, this is something Arsenal must address.

Lack of pace?

Whilst the lack of end product was frustrating, Arsenal didn't test Chelsea in behind often enough. With Aaron Ramsey floating on the right hand side and Alexis Sanchez cutting in from the left, the Gunners had no pace to challenge the Chelsea back line, giving John Terry and Gary Cahill and easy time defending an isolated Olivier Giroud. Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal a spark late on as a substitute, but it was too late for Arsenal to break down a resolute Chelsea side.

Giroud v Chelsea

Much of the focus is on Wenger's record against Chelsea, but flying somewhat under the radar is the fact that Olivier Giroud has still yet to score against the Blues. The Frenchman has been in sensational form lately but was ineffectual against Chelsea, struggling against Terry and Cahill. Whilst he has addressed the 'flat track bully' tag with goals against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United this season, Giroud still has some way to go before being classed as a top Premier League striker.

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