Aaron Ramsey hits woodwork as disappointing Chelsea draw Arsenal

Despite Chelsea and Arsenal both putting decent offensive displays, poor finishing from both sides resulted in a 0-0 draw between the Gunners and the Blues.

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This game was undoubtedly the biggest European fixture of the week-end. In the second half of this Premier League matchday, Arsenal visited Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with the hopes of grabbing an important win that would finally place them in the race for the title, a race that featured Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea as key runners.

The Arsenal lineup featured some surprises, with Alex Iwobi being given a chance on the starting eleven in favour of Alexis Sánchez. Danny Welbeck was also preferred to Mohammed Elneny, who has yet to have earned himself a start in the Premier League this season. On Chelsea’s side, the main surprise was Eden Hazard’s spot on the bench, with Pedro being preferred to the Belgian international.

The first half would prove to be quite an interesting one, with chances coming from both sides. Pedro would be the first to get a good scoring chance with a quality left-footed attempt being saved by Petr Čech, three minutes into the game. Welbeck, playing on the left wing today, will be the first Arsenal player to get a key scoring chance after putting a header off-target in the 18-yard box. Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac would also get their scoring chances for Arsenal, though both of their attempts would be saved by Thibaut Courtois.

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Arsenal would then get a high amount of chances, with many of their shots being either blocked by the Chelsea defence, or saved by Courtois. The biggest chances of the game would come in the same interval of ten seconds. Aaron Ramsey would go on a good solo run inside the box, before launching a shot with the outside of his foot and hitting the woodwork of the Chelsea net. The ball would bounce free and reach Alexandre Lacazette in the 6-yard box, though the Frenchman would sky his volley attempt at an empty-net goal. A shot that will be highly criticized on social media after the game, especially considering the result between the two teams.

The second half would be much quieter than the first half, with the main chance of the second half coming in the last fifteen minutes. Eden Hazard, who came on earlier as a substitute for Willian, would have his attempt in the 18-yard box saved by Petr Čech. Arsenal, who had been more defensive-minded in the second half, will be the winners of this draw, despite hitting the woodwork and missing an empty-netter near the end of the first half. Most pundits will agree to name Aaron Ramsey man of the match, though Koscielny’s and Monreal’s fine defensive performances were also worth noting.

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