Arsenal were held to a 0-0 Premier League draw by a Chelsea side that made eight changes from their win against Barcelona.
In a rare goalless encounter at the Emirates, the home side had the better of the match – Laurent Koscielny hit the post and Robin van Persie was subdued – but Chelsea defended resolutely and deserved a point.
There was bad news for Arsenal and England after Theo Walcott limped off in the second half, while man-of-the-match Ryan Bertrand also picked up a knock for the Blues.
The result puts Arsenal on 65 points, six clear of the chasing pack with four matches remaining as they close in on third place; Chelsea stay sixth with 58 points, qualification for next season’s Champions League looking increasingly dependent on winning it in May.
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