Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0: Di Matteo thrilled with ‘magnificent’ point

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was delighted with his side's display after goalless draw at Arsenal on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Premier League, 21 April 2012, Emirates Stadium
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Roberto Di Matteo admitted his delight after watching his Chelsea side shut out Arsenal and claim a point at The Emirates on Saturday.

Fresh from their 1-0 triumph over Champions League holders Barcelona on Wednesday, the Blues produced another solid defensive display to frustrate the Gunners at home.

“I think it was a brilliant team performance,” Di Matteo told Sky Sports. “When you come to the Emirates it’s difficult to play against Arsenal. We got ourselves in some good positions but that final pass was missing a little.

“We had a lot of changes today and everybody showed that they are Chelsea players. [It’s] absolutely magnificent, a point at Arsenal. It’s a great point.

“Let’s see what the other teams do now. We’ve got four games left and only one away and I don’t think we couldn’t have done any better than we have in the games that we played since I’ve been in charge.”

Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny went closest to breaking the deadlock for the Gunners just before half-time in an otherwise uninspiring encounter in north London.

And Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger revealed his frustration at Chelsea’s defensive approach to the top-flight clash, and admitted the Blues’ tactics caught him by surprise.

“It was a strange game because they decided to lock the game up and catch us on the break,” said Wenger. “On that front, especially with the two wide players, they tried to get over the top of our full-backs.

“They waited for us in their half but we were not sharp enough and not quick enough with our passing today to open them up and therefore you always felt that the game was always a bit difficult.

“We still had the chances to win the game and they had zero, none. I can’t remember if they had one real clear-cut chance. I expected the game to be very open because they had to win and we had to win, and that shows you again how unpredictable football is.”

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