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KEY OPTA STATS:
- This was Arsene Wenger's 59th match versus Chelsea with Arsenal, making them the club he’s faced the most often during his time at the Gunners.
- Chelsea failed to score in a competitive home match under Antonio Conte for the first time (27 games).
- The last time that they failed to net in a competitive game at Stamford Bridge was back in April 2016 against Manchester City (0-3) under Guus Hiddink – 29 games ago.
- This was the first 0-0 draw between these two sides at Stamford Bridge since April 2005 and the first time that Chelsea have failed to score at home against the Gunners since then, after 12 successive home games with a goal versus them.
- Arsenal have now failed to score in eight of their last 14 trips to Stamford Bridge in all competitions.
- This is the first time that Arsenal have failed to score in as many as three of their opening five league games in a season since 1998-99 (also three).
- Chelsea have now been given six red cards in the Premier League against Arsenal – their joint-most against a single opponent (along with vs Liverpool, Man Utd and Everton).
- Arsenal have gone 14 matches without beating a top-six team away from home in the top flight.
- Chelsea's run of five straight home league wins over Arsenal is ended by the draw.
CHELSEA 0 - 0 ARSENAL
Both sides were left to rue missed first-half opportunities in a match between two London rivals that failed to catch fire until the Brazil defender received his first-ever Premier League red card with three minutes remaining.
The Gunners had the better of the opening half and should have gone into the break ahead when Aaron Ramsey hit the post and Alexandre Lacazette somehow fired over from the close-range rebound. Chelsea had earlier missed a one-on-one opportunity from Pedro, who was foiled by Petr Cech.
The second half lacked the excitement of the first and the introductions of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez from the two substitutes' benches did not provide the desired spark. And David Luiz saw red for a high challenge on Sead Kolasinac as the game neared its conclusion, marking the third straight match Chelsea have had a player sent off against Arsenal and rounding off a poor performance from Antonio Conte's men.
Typical Arsenal game.. Lackluster in the 1st half and brilliant in the 2nd...
A wonder goal from Cordoba silenced Arsenal in the 1st half...
But..., what a thunder strike from Kolasinac, sheer powerful!!! And a stunning strike from Sanchez...
CROWD TROUBLE DELAYS ARSENAL'S EUROPA LEAGUE OPENER
The match between the Gunners and Koln has been pushed back after visiting supporters attempted to swarm the home section at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Europa League opener against Koln has been delayed by one hour (21:05 BST kick-off) because of concerns over crowd safety.
Arsenal: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Iwobi, Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Walcott, Giroud, Alexis.
Subs: Macey, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Reine-Adelaide, Nelson, Wilshere, Akpom.
Ix, please delete this thread...
Arsenal enter relatively unfamiliar terrain on Thursday when they get their Europa League campaign under way against Koln.
Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka joined Ozil in missing out on training ahead of the match on Wednesday.
However, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin were all involved in the first team training session at London Colney, suggesting that they are likely to be involved in some capacity.
Several youngsters including Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock joined in training along with highly-rated teenager Marcus McGuane.
Potential starting XI:
Ospina; Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Kolasinac, Elneny, Wilshere; Nelson, Giroud, Sanchez
KEY OPTA STATS:
- Arsenal have won their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest such run at home since April 2015 (nine successive wins).
- Alexandre Lacazette became only the second Arsenal player to score in his first two home Premier League games for the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.
- Bournemouth have become only the ninth team to lose their opening four games to a Premier League season, though four of the previous eight have managed to avoid relegation.
- Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Premier League games this season, having scored just two in 16 appearances in the competition last term.
- This was only the second time that Danny Welbeck has both scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for Arsenal, with the other being at Aston Villa in September 2014.
- The Gunners have won by at least a two-goal margin in all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions.
Best way to comeback from past few frustrating weeks...
ARSENAL 3 - 0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
D. Welbeck (6)
A. Lacazette (27)
D. Welbeck (50)
Arsene Wenger is poised to lose a close ally at Arsenal, with transfer negotiator Dick Law stepping down from his post.
The American, who has spent eight years with the Gunners, will be heading home at the end of September for family reasons.
Wenger’s main problem in getting the best out of Ozil is refusal to bring in a player who can offset some of the German’s weaknesses. He would be more effective if a central midfielder with defensive qualities could play behind him, but the Frenchman continues to stick with the vulnerable midfield pivot of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey – neither of whom are defensive midfielders.
Let's not forget that this is a player who topped the league's assist chart two seasons ago with 19 - one short of Thierry Henry's record for most in one season.. Wenger certainly knows how to utilise his strengths but there is the fact that Arsenal's defensive side has been neglected in the past couple of seasons which saw them finish fifth in the last campaign.
He's been forced to play from deep in recent games due to Arsenal's defensive deficiencies and failure to get the ball in the final third quickly enough. That isn't an issue for the German national team where they play with two holding midfielders and possess a defensive unit which rarely concedes goals. Ozil has consistently shown what he can do for club and country. He creates an abundance of opportunities for his team-mates, opens up the pitch with his intelligent runs and pin-point passing while he showed last season that he isn't afraid to score a goal - recording his best goal-scoring tally at club level during the previous campaign.