There were a few heartstopping moments in Arsenal’s excellent 0-0 draw with Chelsea, like Pedro going one-on-one with Cech only for Koscielny to interfere at the last second, and when Aaron Ramsey somehow skipped past the Chelsea defenders and toe-poked the ball onto the post, but all in all I thought a draw away at the Champions was a fair result, especially after losing on our last five visits to the Bridge.
Arsene Wenger was reasonably happy, but he thinks that we could easily have taken all three points in the end. “I felt it was a game with total intensity,” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com. “Where two teams really went for it and was a battle all over the pitch. We responded well in domains where we were questioned, you know, and I like when the team shows that kind of response.
“Overall I feel it’s a deserved point and with a bit more freedom maybe, less inhibition, we could have really won this game with one or two goals difference. But overall for us it was important at least not to lose today and you could feel that in the team in the last 20 minutes that we played a little bit with that in our mind.”
It was also our first point of the season in an away game, but Wenger thinks we should have won one of those as well. “I believe at Stoke we had a good performance on the football front.” he continued. “We had 77 per cent possession, [could have had] three penalties. We were a bit lucky we didn’t score. I agree, the result was very disappointing but the performance was not so disappointing. When you’re a football player, there’s only one thing that matters – the next game and how you respond to it. That’s what we did today.”
Just think, if we HAD won that game we would have been level on points with Chelsea, and if we had beaten Stoke we would be even closer to the top! Let’s hope that we have now ironed out all our problems and can now go into a winning run against lesser teams like Doncaster, West Brom, BATE Borisov, Brighton, Watford and Red Star before going up to Goodison Park to face Everton. If we win all six we will back up the top and in confident mood again….