London, United Kingdom
Chelsea and Arsenal engaged in 90 minutes of pure defense as the matchup between two of the most celebrated ball clubs in the English Premier League ended in a scoreless draw Saturday at Emirates Stadium.
Coming off a 2-1 loss against the Wigan Athletic, Arsenal found itself in danger of losing the third spot in the EPL standings as Chelsea stood toe-to-toe defensively to frustrate the Gunners high-octane offense.
Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny both nearly scored for Arsenal in the first half but their shots both hit the crossbar.
Arsenal (20-5-10, 65 pts) also lost Theo Walcott to a potential season-ending hamstring injury in that forgetful half, giving the Gunners a harder task keeping the third spot in the EPL standings behind Newcastle (18-8-8, 62 pts) and Tottenham (17-8-9, 59 pts).
Meanwhile, Chelsea (16-10-8, 58 pts) also had several opportunities to nail a goal but Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge came up empty handed with their strikes.
Aston Villa and Sunderland also ended in a scoreless draw at Villa Park, while Blackburn Rovers salvaged a 2-0 victory over Norwich City behind goals from Mauro Formica and David Hoilett.
After stunning Arsenal, Wigan Athletic was pulled back to earth as they lost to Fulham, 2-1, at Craven Cottage. Yohan Cabaye scored twice and Papiss Demba Cisse added another as New Castle United routed Stoke City, 3-0, at Sports Direct Arena.
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