The two London giants locked horns on Monday evening, with the clubs both aiming to keep pressure on leaders Liverpool. After 90 minutes of a pure tactical battle the match ended in a 0-0 draw which means that Liverpool will go into Christmas standing at the top of the table.
Here are the three things we learned from the game.
Timid Arsenal not good enough
This game was highly anticipated, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger would finally meet in the Premier League once again, and it was the first time in the league this season that we would see the two dominant London clubs face off against each other. Arsenal never looked like going for the win, at-least what the shots on target say. But Mourinho came with a plan, a defensive setup to sit behind the ball and counter the Gunners which they did with perfection. At the end though Arsenal showed a bit more intention, but they seemed happy with the draw, something Arsene Wenger used to take pride in not doing. However it is a useful tactic, and all of the big clubs in Europe are guilty of playing negatively, but Chelsea were there for the taking, and the Gunners should be disappointed that they are not at the top of the table going into Christmas.