Arsenal produced a robust performance to earn a 0-0 draw with Premier League champions Chelsea as David Luiz saw red late on at Stamford Bridge.
Anger was berated prior to the match for dropping Alexis Sanchez to the bench, but his tactic did not affect the team’s mood as they produced an obdurate display to frustrate Antonio Conte’s side with Sanchez playing the final 25 minutes in a solid team performance.
Shkodran Mustafi had a goal disallowed on 77 minutes when he was offside while Chelsea’s frustration boiled over on 87 minutes when David Luiz received a straight red for crude two-footed high challenge on Sead Kolasinac, who was lucky to escape serious injury.
The Gunners had lost two of their first four matches in the league and the most recent away game prior to their trip to Stamford Bridge was a 4-0 loss at Liverpool, which reignited debate about Wenger’s position as manager. But this will quell his critics at least for another week.
After defeats on the road at Stoke and Liverpool, this was much more like it from Arsenal at a venue where they had not won since October 2011.