VAR frustration as Chelsea and Arsenal play out stalemate

Wenger has separately been asked for his observations for comments made both before and after Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night, for which he has until Tuesday 9 January to respond, and could face further punishment.

The Frenchman finds himself back in the stands at Stamford Bridge this evening as he serves the second of his three-match ban.

After a tepid opening from Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette escaped the Chelsea defence to collect Jack Wilshere's pass, but the French striker wasted the chance as he scuffed a hurried shot wide.

Alvaro Morata probed as Chelsea's attacking spearhead to no avail and Antonio Conte will regret his side's two best chances falling to Andreas Christensen - a defender who proved ill-suited to the task.

David Luiz is expected to be rested as he played for the full 90 minutes in FA Cup tie against Norwich at the weekend as he has just returned from injury.

Wilshere, who was originally reduced to only Europa League appearances after returning to action this season, had managed to force his way breaking into Arsene Wenger's Premier League side in October and has featured in Arsenal's last seven league outings.

In the 28th minute, Chelsea were unlucky not to take the lead as Moses saw his effort cannon off the post.

N'Golo Kante was the next to threaten with a wayward drive which flew over the crossbar before Arsenal registered their one and only shot on target of the first half as Alex Iwobi's strike from the edge of the box was parried away by Thibaut Courtois.

A clever turn away from Shkodran Mustafi allowed Morata to test the side-netting from an acute angle once more.

Fabregas' 88th-minute cross struck the outside of the post before Danny Welbeck correctly survived trial by VAR inside his own area for a challenge on the Spain playmaker, meaning Arsenal emerged unscathed.

  • Rosalie Stanley