Chelsea V Arsenal: London Derby Ends All Square At The Bridge

Graeme Le Saux

The draw saw Arsenal move onto seven points, six adrift of leaders Manchester City whilst Chelsea - who for the third successive game against the Gunners ended the match with 10 players - are third, three off City.

Antonio Conte's side now third after three games, Arsenal languish in 12th place on the table.

"I repeat that we have great respect for them".

When asked what his views were on David Luiz's sending off after showing his studs to Sead Kolasinac late on in front of the dugouts Wenger replied: "I think even Luiz would accept it was too strong".

"It was about mentality and a response from our last away game", said Wenger. "But sometimes, it is very unusual to finish for the third time in a row with 10 men against Arsenal".




"For sure it's unusual". "I was a player and it can happen, this type of period and you are not so lucky to receive these red cards".

"After the first half Pedro was a bit injured because he had a kick on his ankle and then I change it, tried to have more balance in the midfield", Conte said after the match. Referee Michael Oliver did not take time to think about it, and decided straight away it was a unsafe tackle and thus brandished the Brazil defender with a straight red card.

The flow of red cards represents a contrast with the discipline that was a key part of Conte's title-winning side past year following a chaotic 2015-16 campaign, when Jose Mourinho was sacked amid rumours of a rebellion against him by several top players. It was a good, open game with both teams trying to win.

Speaking afterwards Wenger said: "It was a game of quality and intensity all over the pitch and we battled well".

Danny Welbeck is facing yet another lengthy absence from the Arsenal team after limping off in the 73rd minute of their goalless draw against Chelsea with a suspected groin tear.

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