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December 23, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 60039‎
 
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Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Dour draw leaves Liverpool top for Christmas

Frank Lampard struck the crossbar and Olivier Giroud spurned two big late chances as two of the Premier League's leading title contenders cancelled each other out

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Liverpool will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day after Arsenal and Chelsea played out a goalless draw in driving rain at the Emirates Stadium.

Jose Mourinho's men wasted the two best chances of a cagey first half, with Frank Lampard striking the underside of the crossbar with a fierce volley and Willian forcing a low save from Wojciech Szczesny.

Clear chances remained at a premium after the break, but Olivier Giroud spurned two big opportunities for either side on the night and Cesar Azpilicueta cleared Bacary Sagna's header off the line late on.

Jose Mourinho made it 10 matches against Arsene Wenger as Blues manager without suffering defeat as the Gunners saw their winless Premier League run extended to three games.

Wenger made four changes from the side beaten 6-3 by Manchester City last time out, Thomas Vermaelen replacing the injured Laurent Koscielny in defence, while Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta came in for the suspended Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini in midfield.

Frank Lampard was restored to the Chelsea line-up as part of three alterations made by Mourinho, who also selected Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel in his starting XI.

The game got off to a slow start and it was the visitors crafted the first opening as Ramires headed over from Willian's cross after 25 minutes.

Chelsea began to exert more influence as the half progressed, and Mourinho's charges were unlucky not to take the lead just after the half-hour mark when Lampard's half-volley crashed against the underside of the crossbar.

Fortune looked to favour Chelsea in the latter stages of the first half, first Mikel appeared to catch Arteta hight with a sliding tackle, only to escape punishment from referee Mike Dean, who then waved away claims for an Arsenal penalty following Willian's apparent foul on Theo Walcott.

Chelsea were again perhaps fortunate to keep 10 men on the field 18 minutes into the second half as Ramires was booked for a rash challenge on Arteta.

Tensions threatened to boil over in what was an ill-tempered affair, Mesut Ozil and Branislav Ivanovic coming together soon after the Chelsea defender had forced a save from Wojciech Szczesny with an effort from range.

Arsenal almost claimed the victory 11 minutes from time, but Giroud spurned a good opening as he fired into the side-netting from the near post.

And Bacary Sagna saw a late header cleared off the line as Arsenal finished strongly without finding a way past Petr Cech.


Arsenal

1
Wojciech Szczesny
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Bacary Sagna
Defender
2.50
4
Per Mertesacker
Defender
3.00
5
2.50
28
Kieran Gibbs
Defender
2.50
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
70′
2.50
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
2.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
2.00
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
1.50
12
2.00
14
Theo Walcott
Striker
66′
2.50

Chelsea FC

2.50
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
2.50
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
2.50
26
John Terry
Defender
2.50
28
2.50
7
Ramires
Midfielder
64′
2.50
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
2.00
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
73′
2.00
22
Willian
Midfielder
77′
2.00
9

Substitutes

21
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17
Monreal
Defender
 - 
25
 - 
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
 - 
20
 - 
9
 - 
23
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Substitutes

 - 
23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
 - 
4
David Luiz
Defender
87′
2.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
77′
 - 
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
2.50
14
 - 
29

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2