Wenger: Arsenal played with a fear of losing

Conte told Sky Sports: "David Luiz, you know very well that I don't like to comment about the referee".

Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw for the first time in nearly 20 months yesterday when Arsenal produced the type of disciplined display lacking during recent setbacks to frustrate the Premier League champion.

The Gunners pressed the Premier League champions relentlessly off the ball and Neville believes that both Sanchez and Ozil should continue to "sit in the stands" if they can not replicate such a display.

"We started the game well but suffered a little after that against a really strong team", Conte added.

"I'm struggling to understand what the manager's on about here, Conte", Souness said of the Chelsea boss.

The 0-0 result meant Chelsea failed to score at home in the league for the first time under the Italian, and their star centre-back could be set for a lengthy suspension too.

Meanwhile, Gary Cahill returned from PL suspension to replace Antonio Rudiger, while Cesc Fabregas earned a start ahead of Tiemoue Bakayoko. The Gunners are set to play West Brom in their next Premier League match.

Chelsea then had a great chance to open the scoring, only for Petr Cech to foil Pedro with the Spaniard through on goal. Alexandre Lacazette was in the right place for the rebound but he could not keep his effort from sailing over the bar.

Chances became fewer in the second half despite the introduction of Sanchez and Hazard with less than 25 minutes to go in the game.

Conte's opposite number Arsene Wenger said: "It looked to me to be excessive force - a tackle with excessive force".

Even the introduction of Hazard and Alexis was not enough to break the deadlock for Chelsea or Arsenal respectively. Aaron Ramsey's meandering run took him into the penalty area and his toe-poked shot beat Thibaut Courtois only to cannon back off the base of the post. The match finished 0-0, a good result for City in what has in general been a good weekend so far, with Liverpool and Tottenham also dropping points.

  • Julie Sanders