Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 Talking Points as Blues reduced to 10 men

Chelsea vs Arsenal: 5 Talking Points as Blues reduced to 10 men

Antonio Conte says it is "strange" his Chelsea side have finished a game against Arsenal with 10 men for the third time running.

The Gunners were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in their last away outing in the Premier League - but they were much improved in drawing 0-0 with champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

On top of that, Victor Moses was dismissed in the FA Cup Final in May and Pedro was sent off in the pre-season Community Shield match, against Arsenal on both occasions.

After a sharp opening fifteen minutes from the hosts, Arsenal recovered to arguably have the better of the first 45 overall, culminating in Aaron Ramsey stumbling through the Chelsea defence before poking the ball onto the post.

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

"We have great respect for officials, but it is odd to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men". It was excessive force. Did he catch Kolasinac?

Arsenal have now won just two of their first five league games this season.

After the 0-0 draw against Arsenal Conte said: "The last 20 minutes Hazard played very well". For sure, it's odd, no. "A odd situation", he told reporters. "You need to see what happened before the tackle".

"In the end, we'll try to pay more attention in the future". 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. "Sometimes the opponents deserve a red card but, instead, they carry on playing with 11 men".

On his midfield partnership with Granit Xhaka, the Welshman added: "Me and Granit have played a lot of games together and have a good understanding". Both teams created chances to score.

"Sometimes you forget Arsenal is one of the top six teams in England [they are] a strong team, a really good team".

"We needed that after the Liverpool game".