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Sep 17, 2017 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 41,478
Chelsea
0-0
Arsenal

Luiz (87')
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Result: Chelsea, Arsenal play out goalless draw

Chelsea and Arsenal play out a goalless draw in Sunday afternoon's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal played out a goalless draw in their end-to-end Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams had opportunities to collect all three points, but neither could make the breakthrough as the spoils were shared following an entertaining contest in the English capital.

Alexandre Lacazette has a missed chance during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© Offside

David Luiz, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata were among those to return to the Chelsea XI, but Eden Hazard again started on the bench after only just recovering from an ankle problem. Pedro and Willian both kept their positions in the team, while Cesc Fabregas was preferred to Tiemoue Bakayoko in central midfield.

As for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger made eight changes to the team that started against FC Koln on Thursday night, with Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin the only three players to keep their spot.

It was once again Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka in central midfield for a big away match, while Alexis Sanchez dropped to the bench, and Mesut Ozil missed out altogether through injury.

Alexis Sanchez squats ahead of the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© Offside

As expected, it was Chelsea that made the brighter start to proceedings, with Pedro stinging the palms of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech inside an opening three minutes which were dominated by the home side.

Fabregas, making his third successive Premier League start, was next to come close for the Blues after meeting a near-post corner, but the Spaniard saw his effort deflected behind as Arsenal continued to look vulnerable.

The away side's first sight of the Chelsea goal came in the 16th minute when Bellerin found the head of Danny Welbeck with a brilliant cross from the right, but the England international missed the crossbar, before Alexandre Lacazette tested Thibaut Courtois with a low strike moments later.

David Luiz, N'Golo Kante and Alexandre Lacazette in action during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© Offside

Courtois then had to keep out a powerful effort from Sead Kolasinac as Arsenal showed signs of warming to their task. Chelsea were so dangerous on the counter, however, and Cech had to deny Pedro from a one-on-one in the 21st minute after a super pass from Fabregas had opened the Arsenal defence.

Xhaka swung one just wide of the Chelsea post in the 32nd minute as Arsenal continued to demonstrate their attacking abilities, before Welbeck had a goal-bound strike blocked by Chelsea's returning captain Cahill.

Arsenal really should have made the breakthrough in the 41st minute when Ramsey danced into the Chelsea box before poking the ball towards the far corner, but the Welshman's effort hit the post. The rebound landed straight to Lacazette, and the French striker somehow blazed into the stands.

David Luiz takes out a photographer during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© SilverHub

Bakayoko replaced Pedro at the interval as Chelsea looked to regain control of the possession on home soil, and the Blues had a half-chance to take the lead less than two minutes into the second period, but Cech did well to save from Willian.

Arsenal continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack, but Chelsea were enjoying much more of the ball, with Morata looking to isolate German international Shkodran Mustafi in a wide position.

Willian was next to try his luck for Chelsea after working some space outside the Arsenal box, but the Brazilian international missed the far post as the score remained goalless entering the final 30 minutes of football.

Sanchez came off the Arsenal bench in the 66th minute to replace Lacazette, before Hazard replaced Willian for Chelsea two minutes later as both managers introduced their star players for the final phase of the match.

Shkodran Mustafi scores a disallowed goal during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© Offside

Mustafi thought that he had headed Arsenal ahead in the 75th minute after meeting a deep free kick, but the offside flag was raised as the centre-back's celebrations were cut short.

Hazard brought a smart save from Cech 10 minutes from time, before Fabregas tested the Arsenal goalkeeper as the score remained goalless at Stamford Bridge.

David Luiz sees red during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal on September 17, 2017© Offside

The frantic nature of the derby continued into the latter stages as both teams looked for the win, and Luiz picked up a straight red in the 87th minute following a late challenge on Kolasinac, but the score stayed 0-0 in the capital.

Both teams will now switch their attention to the EFL Cup, with Chelsea hosting Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, and Arsenal welcoming Doncaster Rovers on the same night.

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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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