David Luiz saw red for a high challenge on Sead Kolasinac with three minutes remaining, marking the third straight match Chelsea has had a player sent off against Arsenal and rounding off a poor performance from Antonio Conte's men.
"I think the lad made the most of it to be honest, which they tend to do, try to stitch each other up, which is nonsense". "Every game against Arsenal is always very tough, we knew very well what type of game to face".
Chelsea had scored in their previous 23 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, but were held by an Arsenal team which ended a five-match losing streak at the Bridge in the first goalless draw between the sides in more than 12 years.
The Blues forced just four saves from Petr Cech in a 90 minutes which arguably lacked attacking intensity, yet Conte put this down to the quality Arsene Wenger's side - who he believes are still Premier League contenders. "We showed we wanted a result here today and we've got one".
Luiz is now set to miss Chelsea's next three domestic matches, ruling him out of Manchester City's visit to Stamford Bridge at the end of September, and Conte would not be drawn on whether his suspension would be appealed.
Luiz's moment of madness came too late for Arsenal to capitalise on their numerical advantage, so they had to settle for a first clean sheet at Chelsea since 2005.
The point leaves Chelsea third in the table, three points behind Manchester City and Manchester United. I hope, also, to be more lucky with the refereeing decisions.
"People forget that two months ago we beat Chelsea in the Cup final and they don't give you the Cup, you know", said the Frenchman, who has seen his team respond positively to a 4-0 drubbing at Anfield prior to the first worldwide break of the season.
"Then, we changed our system because after that game I understood very well our team". The Italian did acknowledge: "It's a situation we need to improve". We tried to win. The Gunners looked sharp both in attack and defense, and a point from one of their London rivals will give them something to build on.