Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League in rare 0-0 draw

Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League in rare 0-0 draw

Conte, who also suggested Luiz was tripped by Alexis Sanchez in the build-up to the foul, telling Sky Sports: "I don't talk about the referees, but the only thing I can say is we need to see what happened before the tackle".

He was given more minutes to test the water against Arsenal, and with matches coming thick and fast, Conte is now eager to give him his first full game against the Championship side.

The stalemate was the first time Chelsea have failed to score in 27 home matches under Conte, but the former Italy boss was not too disheartened, insisting people overlook Arsenal's quality. David Luiz was sent off with five minutes to go after a reckless challenge on Sead Kolasinac but the Gunners simply did not have enough time to make the man-advantage count. It was excessive force.

"We have great respect for officials, but it is odd to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men", Conte said.

Eden Hazard started on the bench after Conte said in midweek that the Belgian was "very, very close to 100% fitness". But, I repeat, the referee took this decision.

"For sure it's odd". Every game against Arsenal is always very tough, we knew very well what type of game we had to face.

"Last season I said during many press conferences about N'Golo that he could improve a lot with the ball", the Italian told reporters.

"In the end, we'll try to pay more attention in the future".

Wenger's side were savaged by former players and pundits after the 4-0 loss at Liverpool last month but showed far greater steel on Sunday and a point was the least they deserved. It was a good, open game with both teams trying to win.

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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